China criticized the U.S. of “gangster logic” following the American response to Beijing’s enforcement of new security law on Hong Kong, the former British colony, President Trump called an end to Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law.
The Beijing liaison office in the Asian financial center said that the decision would only affect U.S. interests. However, there will be no effect on Hong Kong.
“Unreasonable U.S. interference and despicable threats are typical gangster logic and bullying actions,” the official said late on Wednesday.
Moreover, the pro-democracy faction of Hong Kong coordinated a vote. The aim is to select candidates for the 70-seat Legislative Council or Mini-Parliament for a 6 September election.
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Beijing, however, cautioned that the vote might have flouted the new law. Besides, former Hong Kong lawmaker Au Nok-hin made a declaration on Wednesday. He said that he was withdrawing as an organizer of the weekend vote in the context of Beijing ‘s accusations.
On Thursday, another coordinator, Andrew Chiu of the Democratic Party, withdrew. He added that his job is complete. Therefore, he would no longer help plan the election campaign of the Legislative Council.
“After thoroughly considering the differences in opinion … I ‘d like to withdraw from the coordination work,” Chiu said in a Facebook post.
Police Arrest in Hong Kong
Earlier on Thursday, the police detained a 17-year-old for illegal assembly. Also, they detained another 19-year-old man for blocking the police on 1 July, when hundreds were detained in protest against the National Security law.
In addition, the 19-year-old attempted to aid the 17-year-old to avoid arrest by an officer who had been stabbed in the skirmish. More so, that same evening, officers arrested the man accused of stabbing the officer in an airport.
Besides, the Beijing-drafted legislation penalizes what China broadly describes as subversion, rebellion, terrorism, and collaboration with foreign forces with life imprisonment.
Meanwhile, policy critics argue it would undo the massive freedoms offered in the region when it returned to Chinese control in 1997.
Although supporters believe it would offer peace after a year of often violent anti-government and anti-China turmoil.
A younger, more defiant set of Hong Kong Democrats won most votes in city unofficial “primary” polls this week in what many see as a protest vote against the security law.