China threatens to ‘counter-attack’ US
Beijing warned of retaliation on Washington Monday after President Donald Trump declared restrictions on Chinese students in the US in protest over a proposed Hong Kong national security law.
Trump said Friday that the United States would ban some Chinese graduate students and begin to reverse the special status of Hong Kong in customs and other areas, as Beijing is moving forward with a plan to impose a controversial security law.
The US president said the Chinese government had been “diminishing the city’s longstanding and very proud status”.
Yet China angrily responded to Monday’s moves, claiming it was “detrimental to both sides.”
“Any words and actions that harm the interests of China will be met with counter-attacks on the Chinese side,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a regular briefing, without providing details.
He said Washington’s measures “seriously interfere in China’s internal affairs and undermine US-China relations”.
On Thursday, China’s rubber stamp parliament adopted law proposals to punish secession, subversion of state control, extremism and actions that endanger national security, as well as allowing Chinese security services to work in Hong Kong openly.
The change followed seven months of huge, and often violent, pro-democracy protests last year in Hong Kong.