“They are very concerned about their own national security, but on our national security… they look through tinted glasses,” Lam said during her weekly press conference on Tuesday as she made her first public comments following Washington’s announcement on Saturday that it would remove Hong Kong’s preferential treatment in US law.
Pointing to the spread of angry protests across the United States in the aftermath of the police killing of another African American man in Minneapolis, Lam said, “In the US, we see how the riots were being handled by the local governments, compared to the stance they adopted when almost the same riots happened in Hong Kong last year.”
She warned countries threatening action against Hong Kong that they might end up damaging their own interests.
The US, Britain, Canada, Australia, and the European Union (EU) have harshly criticized the security law for China’s key financial hub, which used to be run as a British colony until it was handed back to China in 1997, claiming that the newly-approved bill would undermine the city’s autonomy and the “one country, two systems” principle, established at the time.
The development came just days after US President Donald Trump blasted China over the passage of the national security law in Hong Kong, claiming that Beijing had broken its word regarding the city’s autonomy and asserting that the territory no longer warranted US economic privileges.