Politicians' perspectives on Xinjiang and Hong Kong
By Zong Jinyi

As the tumultuous year for China-U.S. politics winds down, the U.S. passage of recent bills continues to provoke the international community. Many say the Uygur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 and the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 interfere in China's internal affairs. Other countries also question the intentions behind these actions. 

CGTN spoke to politicians from Portugal, the Middle East, and Venezuela about their perspectives on these issues related to Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

Alexandre Araujo, a member of the Secretariat Central of the Portuguese Communist Party, said: "The U.S. passage of the acts show its lack of confidence that China is getting better and better. The U.S. was worried that its position would be threatened, so it listed China as a strategic competitor, reflecting its concerns about the rise of China."

Kassem Tofailli, president of Arab Chinese Cooperation & Development Association, said: "Obviously, we are now facing another course of the hypocrisy of the U.S. government and its policy towards not only China, as well as Arabs; we have experienced such double standards, such hypocrisy over the last years. This act of the congress or some of the politicians in the U.S., who have some special interests, definitely is showing double standards against China, against the people of Hong Kong and Xinjiang."

Carolys Perez, secretary-general of Venezuelan Constituent Assembly, said: "Who is providing financial support to those violent groups? Who is supporting them? Who is lifting the turmoil around the world, including in Latin America? Who is behind them? I think it's the role of American embassies, especially in Latin America, which are the source of instability in Latin America. We, therefore, firmly support the Chinese government in its fight against violence.”