Beijing has warned that it will implement retaliatory measures after the US Congress passed a bill purportedly designed to safeguard ‘human rights’ in Hong Kong.

“We strongly condemn and firmly oppose the passage of relevant Hong Kong-related bills,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, during a press briefing on Thursday. He also cautioned Washington against interfering in China’s internal affairs.

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, one day after the Senate gave its approval. US President Donald Trump is now expected to sign off on the new bill.

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