Carrie Lam says “wholly unnecessary” legislation and will harm the confidence and trust of business in self-governing territory.
Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, said on Tuesday that the Human Rights and Democracy Act, passed last week in the United States, was “wholly unnecessary” and that she “strongly objected” to the legislation as she announced a fourth round of relief measures to boost the city’s battered economy.
The law requires that the U.S. Department of State confirm at least annually that Hong Kong retains adequate autonomy to justify its favorable terms of trade and and threatens sanctions for human rights violations.
Lam said that: “The impact currently is on confidence … because corporates will be worried about the actions the US government may take in the future after they review this legislation,”
China said on Monday that it suspended U.S. military visits to Hong Kong and would impose unspecified sanctions on non-profit groups that it said it had acted “badly” over the Hong Kong unrest.
Since the pro-democracy protests in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, Hong Kong has been struck by six months of sometimes violent unrest in the greatest challenge to Chinese stability.
The demands of the protesters include universal suffrage, an inquiry into alleged police violence in handling the protests and an end to Beijing’s perceived efforts to undermine the democratic freedoms promised when China was returned to the former British colony in 1997.
China denies intervention in Hong Kong’s affairs and insists it is committed to the principle of “one country, two systems” guaranteeing a high degree of autonomy for the territory. Beijing blames the incitement of unrest on foreign countries.
After a mass demonstration over the weekend when police fired tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters, activists pledged to hold lunchtime rallies throughout the week.
Hundreds of office workers gathered in the business district of Hong Kong on Monday to support the pro-democracy movement after scored a landslide victory last month in district polls.
Lam renewed her appeals for peace, but despite the outcome of the election, her administration failed to offer any concessions to the protest movement.
During the lunch break, demonstrations were planned in districts throughout the city on Tuesday, with further protests planned in the evening.


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