The Chinese foreign ministry demanded President Trump veto a recently passed bill supporting human rights in Hong Kong, as the ongoing civil unrest continues in the region.
The spokesperson for the foreign ministry in China issued the demand on Thursday saying, “We urge the U.S. to grasp the situation, stop its wrongdoing before it’s too late, prevent this act from becoming law (and) immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.”
The spokesperson continued by threatening countermeasures, although he did not specify what those would be, if President Trump signs the legislation into law.
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act passed the upper chamber unanimously on Tuesday, which ultimately supports the rights of those participating in the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.
If President Trump signs the bill into law, the measure would mandate a special review annually to evaluate the special trading status Hong Kong currently has under American law.
It would also provide justification for sanctions targeting anyone who seeks to undermine the widespread pro-democracy demonstrations.
The legislation also prohibits the United States from exporting tear gas, pepper spray, water cannons, and other materials to Hong Kong.
Protests first erupted months ago in Hong Kong over an extradition bill, which has since been taken off the table but spurred widespread calls for democratic reform.
The bill worried protestors those subject to extradition would face unfair trials and even torture in China if it passed.
Since then, demonstrators have called for probes into alleged police brutality and have even called for their leader Carrie Lam to resign.
Despite the extradition bill being withdrawn, violent clashes between protestors and police forces continue.
The White House has signaled President Trump is likely to sign the legislation into law.