"Beijing must composed now not delight in it both ways, reaping the final financial advantages of Hong Kong's standing in the sector whereas eradicating our sociopolitical identity" said Joshua Wong, secretary-traditional of Hong Kong's Demosisto occasion and chief of the "Umbrella Motion".
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other American lawmakers overreached their authority by engaging with what he termed Hong Kong separatists. And Pelosi warned others in the US government not to allow "commercial interests" to drive foreign policy in the region.
Speaking at a joint press conference on September 18 to welcome Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, including Joshua Wong, general-secretary of the Demosisto Party, and singer Denise Ho to the U.S. Capitol, Pelosi threw her weight behind the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.
Pelosi said Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate support the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 and they stand with all who are fighting for a peaceful, hopeful future.
An annual fireworks display in Hong Kong marking China's National Day on October 1 was called off Wednesday as pro-democracy protests show no sign of ending.
"The heart of the discontent is that Hong Kong's political leaders do not represent and are not accountable to the people".
Against the backdrop of the 30-year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square uprising, with its brutal and bloody crackdown on young democracy protesters a generation ago, the USA lawmakers are prominently backing today's young activists.
Wong said it was a remarkable day to see the US lawmakers "stand as one" with Hong Kong.
Framing recent events in Hong Kong as a human rights issue is misleading and focus instead should be on ending the violence and restoring order in the city, experts said here Wednesday.
But he added: "We will continue our uphill battle until the day we enjoy freedom and democracy".
"This is a plea for universal human rights".
"To the people of Hong Kong, America is with you".
Denise Ho, a popular singer who has emerged as a leading democracy and LGBTQ activist, told the commission Tuesday, "This is not a plea for so-called 'foreign interference.' This is a plea for democracy". Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said Wednesday the hearing was beamed around the world and "no doubt" watched closely by the Chinese government.
The House of Representatives is expected to advance legislation that would require an annual review of Hong Kong's special economic and trade status, providing a potential check on the Chinese government's influence.
Lam had announced earlier that the government would create a platform for dialogue in a bid to end the protests demanding democracy that have riven Hong Kong all summer with no resolution in sight. "Much more must be done".
The 79-year-old Pelosi has monitored China from her early years in Congress, when she appeared with other lawmakers in Beijing's Tiananmen Square to pay tribute to protesters who died in 1989 pro-democracy protests.
Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under the "one country, two systems" formula that promised the city a higher degree of freedom and autonomy than on the mainland. China has benefited from this, and lawmakers believe, used it to evade US export controls and sanctions.