Interference by foreign parliaments in Hong Kong's affairs is deeply regrettable, the leader of the Chinese-ruled city said on Tuesday, adding that an escalation of violence can not solve social issues in the Asian financial hub.
"If we are in a new Cold War, Hong Kong is the new Berlin", he said in a reception space a stone's throw from the Berlin Wall on the roof of the Reichstag building, which for decades occupied the no-man's land between Communist East Berlin and the city's capitalist western half.
Thousands of protesters recently marched to the USA consulate in Hong Kong, waving American flags and singing the country's national anthem.
The students, brandishing posters with the protesters' five demands, called on the authorities to respond to promises of freedom, human rights and rule of law, promised when Britain returned Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997.
The bill would punish officials who suppress basic freedoms in Hong Kong with measures such as freezing their US -based assets and denying them entry to the country.
"Escalation and continuation of violence can not solve the issues faced by our society now", Lam told a news conference on Tuesday.
"I hope that no more people in Hong Kong actively reach out to tell the United States to pass the act", she said, referring to the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which was introduced into Congress in June. We hope Hong Kong people will be able to ride out the storm.
China denies meddling in the city and Chinese officials have accused foreign forces of trying to hurt Beijing by creating chaos in Hong Kong. The city's economy is taking a hit, with visitor arrivals plunging almost 40% in August from the same period a year ago and occupancy rates of hotels in some areas falling by more than half.
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On Monday, former US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the anti-government protests were not an internal Chinese matter and the United States should offer at least moral support to the demonstrators.
After three months of unrest, Lam last week withdrew a controversial extradition bill that had triggered the protests, but the gesture failed to appease many demonstrators, who are using the popularity of the movement to revive old grievances.
"The escalating and continuous violence can not solve the problems we face in Hong Kong", she said.
Wong was central to the 2014 Umbrella Movement. "It will only deepen the conflict, contradiction, splits, and even hatred in society".
Hua said that during her trip last week, Merkel clearly said that she opposes violence and supports "one country, two systems".
Some of the city's powerful tycoons have begun to appeal for calm.
Billionaire Li Ka Shing said in a video broadcast on local TV that the government should temper justice with mercy.
She said her decision to formally withdraw the extradition bill and her other initiatives reflected her sincerity to heal society by initiating a direct dialogue with various communities, including protesters.