The confrontation between the United States and China may intensify, and there is a possibility that a war for Hong Kong might add to the trade war between the two countries, Anton Morozov, member of the State Duma’s international affairs committee, told Izvestia.
So he commented on the restrictive measures that China imposed on the United States after the adoption of the law on Hong Kong. A number of non-governmental American organizations, including HumanRightsWatch, were sanctioned. Beijing’s sanctions were announced on December 2 by an official spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying.
“China is very sensitive to interference in the internal affairs of its country. Including painfully reacts to all issues related to Hong Kong. Therefore, the situation will worsen even more, ”Anton Yuryevich is convinced.
According to him, the United States will not want to lose influence on this territory, since it has historically been officially a British colony for a long time.
“This is the stronghold of the influence of Anglo-Saxon ideology in the Asia-Pacific region,” concluded Morozov.
These actions were in response to the United States Democracy and Human Rights Act in Hong Kong, which allows economic and diplomatic sanctions to be applied to violators. On November 19, the Senate unanimously approved it, and on November 28, President Donald Trump signed it.
Protests in Hong Kong began in June – in particular, residents advocated the abolition of amendments to the extradition bill, which would imply the issuance of dissenting mainland China.
On September 4, Hong Kong administration head Carrie Lam announced the recall of the bill, but the demonstrators insisted on the implementation of new requirements, including an independent investigation of police actions during the June 12 rallies and the introduction of direct general elections for the head of the district administration and the legislative assembly.
At the BRICS summit, calls for restoring order in Hong Kong were voiced by the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, but was not heard by his compatriots: after his statement, the city police threatened the protesters with the use of live ammunition.
In turn, Washington condemned the Hong Kong authorities for using force against demonstrators and urged Beijing to respect the rights of the population.