[/news/china/index.html China]'s foreign ministry on Tuesday told the United States to stay out of its internal affairs after some US lawmakers, including House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, condemned what they called acts of violence by police against protesters in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has been beset by often violent anti-government protests for the past nine weeks in the deepest political crisis for the territory since it was returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
As the United States denied Chinese suggestions that it has a hand in the unrest.
China's foreign ministry said the lawmakers' comments this month were evidence the country is trying to incite chaos.
China's foreign ministry told the United States to stay out of its internal affairs after some lawmakers, including Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell, condemned what they called acts of violence by police against protesters in Hong Kong
Foreign ministry said US has disregarded facts, whitewashed violent crimes as a struggle for human rights, and and deliberately misinterpreted police work.
Pictured, pro-democracy protesters block the entrance to the airport terminals after a scuffle with police at Hong Kong's international airport on Tuesday
McConnell said: 'The people of Hong Kong are bravely standing up to the Chinese Communist Party as Beijing tries to encroach on their autonomy and freedom'
denied on many occasions its involvement in the ongoing violent incidents in Hong Kong,' spokeswoman Hua Chunying, said. 'However, the comments from those members of the US congress have provided the world with new and powerful evidence on the country's involvement.
'By neglecting and distorting the truth, they whitewashed violent crimes as a struggle for human rights and freedom, and deliberately misinterpreted the work of Hong Kong police as violent repression when the police were only enforcing the law, fighting crimes and upholding social order.'
On Tuesday, airport disruptions escalated a summer of demonstrations aimed at what many Hong Kong residents see as an increasing erosion of the freedoms they were promised 22 years ago when Communist Party-ruled mainland China took over what had been a British colony.
Democrat Pelosi tweeted: 'It is alarming to watch the #HongKong police with support from Beijing intensify their use of force against the protesters and du lịch bắc kinh label them violent criminals'
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying (pictured March 2018) said: 'Mind your own business and stay out of Hong Kong affairs'
Hong Kong has been beset by often violent anti-government protests for the past nine weeks in the deepest political crisis for bắc kinh the territory since 1997
Those demonstrating are demanding Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam step down and scrap proposed legislation under which some suspects could be sent to mainland China, where critics say they could face torture and unfair or politically charged trials.
Ms Lam has rejected calls for dialogue, saying Tuesday the protesters were threatening to push their home into an 'abyss.'
In a Monday statement, Kentucky Republican, McConnell said: 'The people of Hong Kong are bravely standing up to the Chinese Communist Party as Beijing tries to encroach on their autonomy and freedom.
Any violent crackdown would be completely unacceptable. As I have said on the Senate floor: The world is watching.'
Democrat Pelosi tweeted: 'It is alarming to watch the #HongKong police with support from Beijing intensify their use of force against the protesters and label them violent criminals.
'I urge Carrie Lam to meet with protest leaders to listen and act on their legitimate grievances including withdrawing the extradition bill, ending police violence & granting universal suffrage.
'The people of Hong Kong are trying to preserve the promise of One Country - Two Systems.
If we don't speak out for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to speak out elsewhere.'
Members of the medical profession gather to protest against Hong Kong police brutality at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Tuesday
On Tuesday, Senator Ben Cardin said China could lose its special US trade status if Beijing intervenes directly to crack down on increasingly violent pro-democracy protests in the city.
Cardin also urged Trump to speak up. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Trump before a bilateral meeting during the G20 Summit on June 29 in Osaka, Japan
Trump said on Tuesday the situation in Hong Kong was tricky but hoped it would work out for everybody, including China, and 'for liberty' without anyone getting hurt or killed
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