On Friday, Beijing denounced “violent interference” by US lawmakers critical of what they see as a worsening human rights environment in Hong Kong.
Congressional representatives introduced the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”, which appears designed to put pressure on the city -- and its pro-Beijing leader -- to withdraw a planned extradition law.
The bill threatens to remove Hong Kong’s status as a US special trading partner.
Some US lawmakers have “made irresponsible remarks about Hong Kong affairs and violently interfered in China’s internal affairs”, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a press briefing.
“Relevant people in the United States (should) abandon the illusion of attempting to mess up Hong Kong,” he added.