China condemned the United States after the Senate unanimously passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, as violent escalation continues to plague the area.
The spokesperson for the foreign ministry slammed the passage saying, “This act neglects facts and truth, applies double standards and blatantly interferes in Hong Kong affairs and China’s other internal affairs.”
He continued by threatening unspecified retaliation over the move, suggesting the decision undermines China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong.
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 House of Representatives passed its version of the bill unanimously last month, shortly before it was introduced in the Senate.
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Despite the extradition bill being withdrawn, violent clashes between protestors and police forces continue.
It remains unclear if President Trump will sign the bill into law when it arrives on his desk, given the complications it could cause while trade talks with the Chinese are ongoing.