November 28, 2019 / 5:41 AM / 14 days ago

China summons U.S. ambassador, says Hong Kong rights law is 'strong interference'

FILE PHOTO: Newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad speaks to the media in front of his residence in Beijing, China June 28, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING (Reuters) - China summoned U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad on Thursday to demand that the United States immediately stop interfering in its internal affairs and stop causing further damage to bilateral relations, its foreign ministry said.

Vice foreign minister Le Yucheng summoned Branstad a day after U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law congressional legislation which supported anti-governments protesters in Hong Kong, despite angry objections from Beijing.

Reporting by Huizhong Wu and Judy Hua; writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Kim Coghill

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