November 20, 2019 / 2:18 AM / 23 days ago

China condemns U.S. Senate measure on Hong Kong rights

FILE PHOTO: Protesters clash with police outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong, China November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Wednesday condemned a U.S. Senate measure on Hong Kong, vowing to take the steps necessary to safeguard its sovereignty and security.

In a statement, the foreign ministry said the United States should stop interfering in Hong Kong and Chinese affairs and move to stop the latest bills on Hong Kong from becoming law.

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed legislation aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong, amid clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police.

Reporting by Cate Cadell; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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