Lam slams Hk-related act
Chief Executive warns US against interfering in city affairs
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam chastised the US Congress for introducing a bill in support of the city’s radical protesters, saying that it is “extremely inappropriate,” warning the US against interfering in the city’s internal affairs.
Lam made the remarks at a press conference on Tuesday. She also expressed “deep regret” over the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act,” which the US Congress intends to approve, saying, “Any form of interference from foreign congresses is extremely inappropriate.”
International community members should respect each other, and let the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region handle its own affairs, Lam said, noting that she won’t allow foreign forces to meddle in the city’s issues, and asked local figures not to urge the US Congress to pass the bill.
Although Lam did not name anyone, it is well known that violent protesters in the city, including Hong Kong secessionist leader Joshua Wong Chifung, have been urging the US Congress to pass the bill. Victor Chan, vice chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Young Commentators, said it is a shame that some
Medvedev, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said at a press briefing on Monday.
The visit takes place as the two countries are embracing the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. Le said it is now a majorcountry relationship featuring the highest degree of mutual trust, coordination and strategic value.
Due to the high-level mutual trust and the common strategic concerns toward the US, China and Russia will definitely further strengthen their cooperation and coordination and this will not only benefit the two countries but also stabilize the international order, Li Haidong, a professor at the Beijing-based China Foreign Affairs University’s institute of international relations in Beijing, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
China is using its diplomatic power and international influence to balance the impact and losses caused by the trade war that the US had initiated, and it is a significant countermeasure to the US to expand and broaden trade cooperation with other major powers, Li noted.
Two major goals
The upcoming meeting between the two countries’ heads of government will focus on two major objectives, Le said.
The first is to promote the implementation of the major consensus reached by the two countries’ heads of state, deepen integration of interests and consolidate the material basis of bilateral relations.
“Both sides have decided to hold the Chinarussia year of scientific and technological innovation from 2020 to 2021 [in China and Russia in turns], and the two countries’ heads of state have reached consensus on increasing bilateral trade to $200 billion by 2024,” Le said.
The second is to voice the two countries’ support and contribute wisdom to safeguarding multilateralism, an open economy, the liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment, Le said.
Yang Jin, an associate research fellow at the department of Russia-eastern Europe-central Asia studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, told the Global Times that “to increase the trade volume, China and Russia should expand their cooperation into more new fields, including finance, logistics and the digital economy, while at the same time further strengthening traditional cooperation on energy, aerospace, aviation and the military industry.”
More efforts needed
Amid the ongoing Us-initiated trade war against China, Russian Economy Development Minister Maksim Oreshkin suggested China switch to the Russian market to replace US products, Russia Today reported on August 7.
Although China and Russia have a strong will to promote trade cooperation, at this moment, Russian products and its market cannot totally replace those of the US, Yang said.
“China-russia trade now mainly focuses on energy. When it comes to other sectors like agricultural products such as meat and wine, the two sides still need to make more efforts to solve many problems such as different quarantine standards.”
The Chinese premier’s visit to Russia will help the two sides deal with obstacles restraining China-russia trade and transfer the strong will for increasing trade into real profits, Yang noted.
During his visit, Li Keqiang will hold talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in St. Petersburg and sign a joint communiqué of the 24th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government. Li Keqiang will also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Xinhua said.