China on Thursday warned it would retaliate against the U.S. after President Trump signed legislation offering support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry threatened to take “firm counter measures” in response to the move and said the U.S. should consider the consequences of China’s retaliation if it continued to “act arbitrarily.”
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng also summoned U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad to demand that Washington stop meddling in Beijing’s domestic affairs.
“The Chinese government and people firmly oppose such stark hegemonic acts. We have made stern representations and strong protests to the US side,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said during a press conference.