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Police advance towards protesters during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 12

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As a Hong Kong-Canadian business person with ties to Hong Kong and Vancouver, I am afraid that my actions or what I say about Hong Kong and China could result in criminal charges and, under this ordinance, I could be extradited to mainland China, and this could happen to anyone in the world. China's foreign ministry said Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned Robert Forden, the U.S. Embassy's deputy chief of mission, on Friday. South China Morning Post columnist Wang Xiangwei argues mainland leaders had nothing to do with it; he pins blame exclusively on "naive Carrie Lam".

He said he had urged the territory's government to reevaluate the situation.

US lawmakers have introduced a bill requiring that the secretary of state report on the status of Hong Kong's autonomy from mainland China.

Hong Kong citizens, Mainland Chinese citizens in Hong Kong, and foreigners and tourists in the city would all be affected by the extradition law, as it applies to everyone.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said during a press conference Saturday that the government had not done a good enough job communicating the need for the bill.

The day after Freeland's statement, the Chinese Embassy in Canada issued its own message, saying: "Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs".

But her refusal to do so has incensed the public who lack confidence in China's legal system and assurances that safeguards introduced into the bill will ensure individuals get a fair trial on the mainland.

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Freeland said any legislation should preserve Hong Kong's autonomy, judicial independence and rule of law.

A group of former senior government officials issued a public letter urging her not to force a confrontation by pushing ahead with the unpopular bill.

Prior to Saturday's announcement, some members of the Executive Council - Hong Kong's Cabinet - asked Ms Lam to rethink plans to rush the bill's passage.

More than 1,000 people joined a peaceful "mothers' protest" on Friday evening in a city centre garden. Another mass rally is planned for Sunday.

The following day, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington sought to reaffirm United States commitment to democracy and human rights in Hong Kong, introducing a measure that would also threaten to remove the territory's status as a USA special trading partner.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor arrives for a press conference at the Central Government Headquarters in Hong Kong, China, 15 June 2019.

She said the next steps would be decided after consultations with various parties. On Wednesday, protesters surrounded the legislature and swarmed on to a major highway, before being forced back by riot police firing volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets.

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The events in the former British colony mark possibly its biggest political crisis since its handover to Chinese rule in 1997, and pose a profound challenge to Chinese president and head of the Communist Party Xi Jinping.

"So far everybody is very unhappy with the way the government handled it", Felix Chung, who represents the textile and garments industries as a pro-establishment member of Hong Kong's legislature, said in a phone interview.

There were clashes and scenes of violence, until then rare in the semi-autonomous territory, as police used pepper spray and tear gas to break up the demonstrations.

One of the petitions, posted on, had almost 28,000 signatures.

Pressure on the Hong Kong leader, caught between a restive public and Communist rulers in Beijing, is growing, said Willy Lam, an expert on Chinese politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

"It is my hope that the government of Hong Kong will restore peace and political stability to Hong Kong by respecting the wishes of the people and immediately withdraw the extradition bill".

"What really affects Hong Kong's business confidence and worldwide reputation is not the amendment of the ordinance, but those acts of violence, which have been incited by external forces and damage social peace and disregard the law", reads the Chinese government's statement.

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