New Delhi: China has on Wednesday warned the United States of stringent retaliation after US President Donald Trump suspended the preferential status given to Hong Kong in protest against the “oppressive” National Security Law. Also Read - Indian-Americans Protest in Washington DC Against China's Encroachment, Human Rights Violation

“We urge the US side to correct its mistake, not to implement the so-called ‘Hong Kong Autonomy Act’ and immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in any way,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a media briefing in Beijing. Also Read - Apple iPhone 12 Series Likely to Support China's 'BeiDou' Navigation System

“This act smears our law on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). If the US insists on going on the wrong path, China will definitely hit back,” she said. Also Read - Deaths, Spike in Cases, Quarantine: What Happened to US Schools That Resumed Classes in July

Notably, the Trump administration has been openly critical of Beijing’s sweeping national security law aimed at limiting Hong Kong’s autonomy and curb political dissent against the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

“Today I signed legislation, and an executive order to hold China accountable for its aggressive actions against the people of Hong Kong, Trump had said in a news conference on Tuesday, as quoted by Reuters.

“No special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive technologies… Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China,” Trump added.

China had passed the sweeping national security law on Hong Kong to take full control of the former British colony which completely restricted any kind of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion. This means that any person participating in anti-establishment demonstrations will be jailed up to life sentence.

As a result, millions of locals took to the streets in massive protests opposing Beijing’s growing controls over the city’s seven million population. Hundreds have been arrested by the police personnel.