China summons US ambassador, says Hong Kong rights law is ‘strong interference’

US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad after his appointment in 2017. (Reuters)

China summoned US 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 US President Donald Trump signed into law congressional legislation which supported anti-governments protesters in Hong Kong, despite angry objections from Beijing.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01