Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam issued stern opposition on Tuesday (December 2), against the U.S. law supporting anti-government protesters in the city.
(SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM, SAYING:
"We are totally against it. We don't see any need for this proposed law and we don't see any justification for it. Human rights and freedoms are protected by the Basic Law here in Hong Kong. [...] In fact I would like to ask in which way have the freedoms of Hong Kong actually been undermined."
Her statements followed Beijing's announcement Monday (December 1), that it would ban military aircraft and ships from coming to Hong Kong.
It comes after Beijing said the U.S. was allegedly encouraging anti-government protesters to commit violent acts.
A spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry said on Monday, Beijing would also slap sanctions against certain American NGOs, including Human Rights Watch.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN, HUA CHUNYING, SAYING:
"We will issue sanctions against NGOs which have displayed despicable behaviour in Hong Kong as the city deals with unrest."
U.S. President Donald Trump signed the legislation last week as Hong Kong dealt with unrest for its sixth month.
President Trump admitted the law could fraction ties between the U.S. and China, who are in the midst of trade negotiations.
He said the law doesn't make it better, but added that he thought Beijing would still be interested in reaching a deal.