China rejects US comments on Hong Kong protests and human rights

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — China strongly opposes what it calls “wrong” allegations by Elliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which criticized the Communist Party’s stance on the protests in Hong Kong.

In a statement on Friday, Engel said he was “very concerned” over reports of police brutality in Hong Kong and criticized Beijing’s “harsh reactions” to the protesters.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s office in Hong Kong responded sharply on Sunday, urging “foreign politicians to stop sending false signals about this violent behavior.”

“What are the qualifications of American politicians to criticize human rights, freedoms and law enforcement in Hong Kong?”

It was the latest in a series of sharp rebuke from China to US and British politicians who have criticized the Hong Kong authorities’ handling of the protests and Beijing’s growing influence in the semi-autonomous city despite its official dependence on Chinese sovereignty.

The protests in Hong Kong began because of a bill that allowed extradition to be handed over to China but has escalated again in the past few days and has expanded to include calls for more democratic reforms.

The protesters also demand independent investigations into the use of force by police and call for the resignation of Kari Lam, chief executive of Hong Kong.

China recently said it believed US officials were behind the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and asked the United States to “pull out its black hands.”

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