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China threatens US with counter measures if punished for Hong Kong law

May 25, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
China on Monday threatened counter measures against the United States if it is punished for plans to impose on Hong Kong a sedition law that the business hub's security chief has hailed as a new tool to defeat "Terrorism".

The new security law bans treason, subversion and sedition in Hong Kong and comes after months of massive, often-violent pro-democracy protests last year.

Business groups and Western nations fear the proposal could be a death blow to the city's treasured freedoms, and thousands took to the streets on Sunday despite a ban on mass gatherings introduced to combat coronavirus.

As police dispersed the crowds with tear gas and water cannon, Washington's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, warned the new law could cost the city its preferential US trading status.

China's foreign ministry said Beijing would react to any sanctions from Washington.