EYEAFRICA TV: Abuja, Nigeria: The U.S.signing of act concerning China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) shows no respect to the international law, said a Nigerian expert on China studies.
Charles Onunaiju, director of the Center for China Studies in Nigeria, made the remarks in an interview with the China Global TV Network (CGTN) on Thursday.
Despite China’s resolute opposition, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019 into law on Nov.27, a move which was described as a severe interference in China’s internal affairs under the guise of “human rights” and “democracy”.
“Well, the implication is simply that U.S. still does not have respect for the basic principle of international law. Beside that, U.S. still does not yet realize the importance, the crucial value of the partnership of [with] China. As two most important countries, two most, the first, second world economies, they should have a stake in global stability. Global growth, global stability, inclusive global governance, will have to do something with how U.S. and China cooperate,” said Onunaiju.
He said that the cooperation between China and the United States is crucial to maintaining the global growth, stability, as well as the inclusive global governance.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian analyst pointed out that the United States took the action because it tends to look for foreign scapegoats while encountering political turmoils in its own country.
“And instead of factoring dissonance, instead of implying chaos in that very vital partnership, the United States should take great responsibility in ensuring that partnership works, that partnership is not distracted by local political nuances, because everyone knows that whenever the U.S. political establishment is in tumor, they look for foreign scapegoats, but that’s not how a responsible country should behave, that’s not how a responsible leadership should behave,” the expert said.