China summons US envoy over Hong Kong human rights bill
15, Jun 2019
Prelims level : Mains level :
- China summoned the Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Beijing Robert Forden and lodged a diplomatic protest objecting to a proposed bill that threatens to remove Hong Kong’s status as a US special trading partner.
- Beijing will not accept foreign forces meddling in Hong Kong affairs.
- Hong Kong has been witnessing massive protests since 9th June with over a million people taking to the streets opposing the proposed extradition bill over fears that it would allow China to round up opponents to face trial on the mainland China, where the courts are under the Communist Party control.
- China’s warning came a day after US lawmakers reintroduced proposed legislation to reaffirm the US commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law at a time when these freedoms and Hong Kong’s autonomy are being eroded through interference by the Chinese Government and Communist Party.