China vows retaliation after Trump ratifies pro-Hong Kong bill
CHINA has threatened to take 'strong counter-measures' against US after 'its stark hegemonic practice and severe interference in Hong Kong affairs, which are China's internal affairs, said a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry
CHINA has threatened to take 'strong counter-measures' against US after 'its stark hegemonic practice and severe interference in Hong Kong affairs, which are China's internal affairs, said a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
That comment came as a key December 15 deadline, reports CNBC News, adding that if it is not med, additional US tariffs against China will kick in.
China threatened to retaliate after US President Donald Trump signed two bills into law in support of Hong Kong protesters.
'China firmly opposes Hong Kong Act. We have made stern representations and strong protests to US,' said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, without saying what those counter-measures might be.
President Trump signed a bill into law, passed by the House and Senate, that requires the State Department to certify annually that Hong Kong has sufficient autonomy to retain special US trading relations.
The second measure signed by Trump bars the sale of tear gas and rubber bullets to the Hong Kong Police.
Hong Kong has been in turmoil for months after protests were sparked by a bill that would have permitted extradition to mainland China. Since then, the protests have transformed into broader anti-government demonstrations.
The protests, along with Trump's decision to sign those measures, come as China and the US try to work out a trade deal. Both sides have slapped tariffs on billions of dollars worth of their goods since last year.
Investors fear the signing of these measures could complicate negotiations as the December 15 deadline approaches. If a deal is not reached by then, an additional round of US tariffs on Chinese products would take effect.
Neither the White House nor the US Trade Representative's office responded to CNBC's request for comment on the Chinese spokesman's reported remarks.