USA and China fight at United Nations over Hong Kong

US Congress nod to China sanctions over crackdown on ethnic minorities

Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of people who rallied on Sunday to protest against Beijing's move to introduce new national security laws.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China.

"We will continue to closely follow developments and address the situation in collaboration with other countries concerned", he said, adding that Hong Kong, an important partner for Japan, should prosper in a "stable and democratic" manner.

The security legislation could end freedom of speech and pave the way for mainland security agencies to set up branches in Hong Kong.

On Tuesday, protesters online had called for demonstrators to create dysfunction in the city in attempt to derail the second reading of the bill, which would apply a prison sentence and financial penalty to anyone who "mocks or misuses" China's national anthem "March of the Volunteers".

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said the United States would announce a "very powerful" response to the proposed legislation before the end of the week. She declined to elaborate when asked to explain the statement further.

The proposed new national security laws have triggered the first big street unrest in Hong Kong since previous year, when violent protests posed Hong Kong's biggest crisis since the return of Chinese rule in 1997 from Britain.

Such a move has always been under consideration and was hastened by last year's street protests in the former British colony, which was returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

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It would also hurt mainland China, which uses Hong Kong as a kind of middleman for transactions with the rest of the world.

China's move has rattled markets, led multiple governments to put out statements of concern and prompted top USA officials - who have seen tensions with China increasingly worsen in recent months amid the coronavirus pandemic - to openly mull retaliatory action.

We will not accept any foreign interference, and to the wrong actions of outside powers in interfering in Hong Kong, we will take necessary countermeasures to hit back.

It will "fundamentally undermine Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and freedoms as guaranteed under the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984, which was registered with the United Nations as a legally binding treaty", Washington's United Nations mission said in a statement.

-Chinese trade negotiations were ongoing past year.

China has reacted angrily to any suggestion that it be punished for what it considers to be a strictly domestic matter.

Earlier this week, Tsai said Taiwan may revoke the special status it extends to Hong Kong in a warning to Beijing.

China's Ministry of Public Security condemned the blacklisting, stating that "there is no issue relevant to human rights, ethnicity, and religion but is relevant to anti-terrorism and anti-secessionism..."

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