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Hong Kong leader accuses US of 'double standards' over protests

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam accused the United States of'double standards in its response to violent protestsMore Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam accused the United States of'double standards in its response to violent protestsMore
Deanna Wagner | 02 June, 2020, 15:26

With 1,300 American businesses operating in the financial hub, Lam warned the United States will be "hurting their own interests" if the Trump administration suspends Hong Kong's preferential status that has made the city a top us trading partner.

In her first public appearance after Washington said it will remove Hong Kong's preferential treatment in U.S. law in response to Beijing's plans, Lam warned countries threatening actions against the city that they may hurt their own interests.

"You know there are riots in the United States and we see how local governments reacted".

Both Chinese and Hong Kong officials have seized on the unrest gripping the U.S. in their propaganda drive to justify their own crackdown on pro-democracy protests and the national security law plans.

The controversial Hong Kong leader spread this accusation to other foreign governments, although she did not give names: "They are very concerned about their own national security, but about our national security".

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She said people must still keep two metres apart and suggested they not share food or drinks with those outside their households. Outbreaks linked to social gatherings are not unexpected now that some restrictions are being relaxed, she said.

This latest decision by Trump is a response to the approval by the Chinese legislature of a controversial national security law for Hong Kong that aims, very broadly, to eradicate any loophole of "foreign interference" in the former British colony and that was endorsed last Thursday by China.

As he received the petition, director of the liaison office Luo Huining said the large number of participants in the petition has fully demonstrated that the national security legislation is a popular and imperative move that meets the aspiration of Hong Kong residents.

The background: Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection said the diagnosed woman began to show symptoms on May 22 and had repeatedly sought medical attention but was told that because she had no travel history and relatively mild symptoms there was no need for a test.

She also said Hong Kong allows Americans to enter without a visa, a privilege that is not reciprocated.