Lam slams Hk-re­lated act

Chief Executive warns US against in­ter­fer­ing in city af­fairs

Global Times US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Li Qiaoyi in Hong Kong and Zhao Yusha in Bei­jing

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.

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