Beijing has accused the US administration of engaging in “anti-China criminal activities” in the increasingly restive semiautonomous city of Hong Kong.
“US politicians distort facts and blindly pursue double standards, which is already close to a hysteria. They have colluded with radical criminal elements and are insanely involved into anti-China criminal activities in Hong Kong,” the Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong said in a statement on Thursday.
In a bipartisan motion on Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee issued a warning that should Beijing attempt to forcibly shut down the demonstrations, they “would be met with universal condemnation and swift consequences.”
US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, suggested a “personal meeting” with China’s Xi Jinping to discuss the political crisis engulfing Hong Kong.
The US president, who is embroiled in a year-long trade war with Beijing, earlier claimed he had intelligence indicating that China was deploying its troops to the border with Hong Kong, prompting Beijing to warn the US against meddling in its internal affairs.
The comments come after more than 10 weeks of sometimes-violent mass protests sparked by opposition to a bill that would allow for the extradition of criminal suspects in Hong Kong to mainland China.