Pro-democracy protesters gather outside the campus of the Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong [Vincent Yu/AP]

China‘s foreign ministry on Wednesday criticised a United States senator for saying he wanted to push forward a bill supporting the months-long anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

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US Senator Jim Risch, a Republican, called himself a “strong proponent” of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and urged its passage.

The bill would re-examine Washington’s special treatment of Hong Kong.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang attacked Risch, saying he had “turned a blind eye to the blatant beating, smashing and burning perpetrated by Hong Kong demonstrators”.

“I want to reiterate that Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong. Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s

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