June 14, 2019 / 8:10 AM / a month ago

China calls on U.S. not to pass Hong Kong-related legislation

FILE PHOTO: A placard is displayed during a protest following a day of violence over a proposed extradition bill, near the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, China, June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

BEIJING (Reuters) - China called on the United States on Friday not to pass legislation in response to a crisis in Hong Kong over a proposed extradition law.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a news briefing that any plots to bring chaos to Hong Kong would not succeed, after U.S. lawmakers on Thursday proposed legislation that would require the U.S. secretary of state to issue an annual certification of Hong Kong’s autonomy to justify special treatment under the U.S. Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by Michael Martina; Editing by Robert Birsel

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