Trump said Friday that his administration would begin eliminating the "full range" of agreements that had given Hong Kong a relationship with the US that mainland China lacked, including exemptions from controls on certain exports.
"I don't think they will succeed in using any means to threaten the (Hong Kong) government, because we believe what we are doing is right", Lee said.
Details of the laws remain unclear, even to Hong Kong officials, but are expected to be enacted by China's parliament this summer.
The spokesman said that in exercising Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy under "One Country Two Systems", the HKSAR government remains resolutely committed to upholding its global responsibilities and agreements with the USA and all countries in areas such as trade, investment protection, mutual legal assistance, the fight against transnational crime, and terrorism, as well as education and cultural exchanges.
The statement also accused Trump of ignoring "the facts on the grounds" when the president said on Friday that "China has replaced its promised formula of "one country, two systems" with one country, one system'". "This is an emotional moment for Americans in Hong Kong and it will take companies and families a while to digest the ramifications", AmCham President Tara Joseph said in a statement.More news: Monkeys run away with Covid-19 samples in Meerut Medical College
They say such action is urgently needed after months of sometimes violent anti-government, anti-China protests rocked the city a year ago.
US President Donald Trump says he is "terminating" the relationship between the United States and the World Health Organization (WHO), claiming it failed to adequately respond to the coronavirus pandemic because China has "total control" over the global organisation.
"The United States is moving against the tide of history. USA politicians now can enjoy this sight from their own windows", Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of nationalist tabloid Global Times, wrote Saturday.
Former Hong Kong chief executive C Y Leung said as much over the weekend, hinting in an interview that vigils commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre are likely to be outlawed in Hong Kong going forward.
China fired back at the United States' concerns with Hong Kong's freedom by pointing directly at the racial unrest that has exploded in America, simply tweeting, "I can't breathe". The Chinese mission to United Nations in a series of tweet said, "attempt of U.S. and UK to discuss the Hong Kong issue in UNSC failed" since "no agreement, no open video conference meet, no formal discussions by members and no outcome" happened.
People wearing face masks take part in a protest against the second reading of a controversial national anthem law in Hong Kong, China, May 27, 2020. China in March expelled U.S. journalists after the Trump administration tightened visa rules for staff at Chinese state media.More news: Sony Schedules PS5 Event for June 4
By imposing national security law in Hong Kong via Annex III, Beijing is planning to go the promulgation route and implement the law very quickly, without consulting LegCo or any other local institution.
It also feeds into the prevailing view in Beijing that all of the Trump administration's actions are created to stop China's rejuvenation and its elevation to what it sees as its rightful place at the top of the global hierarchy.
There are now three major privileges that Hong Kong enjoys: it has independent tariff status; it can receive technology transfers from the US, and Hong Kong dollars can be freely exchanged with USA dollars. What could this mean overall for that U.S.
Trump's announcement received a mixed response from prominent US lawmakers.
"It is said that we are becoming "one country, one system" and we've lost our autonomy", said Cheng.More news: US coronavirus death toll crosses 100,000