The raging protests triggered by the extradition bill continue to be a matter of concern to foreign countries, with some using the crisis to pressure the Hong Kong and Beijing governments for political gain. This is not surprising, given three months of fury have passed and there is still no end in sight. Frustrating as it is, asking the United States to intervene does not seem like a wise step. Not only will it complicate matters further, but also the city may suffer the economic consequences. The strong turnout for the march to the US consulate on Sunday, the first since the bill was formally withdrawn by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, shows more remains to be done with so many people pushing the US government to pass a law which they hope will help prevent further erosion of the city’s high degree of autonomy and civil liberties. The proposed Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would require Washington to assess the city’s political autonomy each year before deciding whether to continue its special status as a separate trade and customs entity. It would also carry sanctions for mainland and city officials, including denying them entry to the US and confiscating their assets. If experience is any guide, Beijing is unlikely to yield to political threats. Responding to a chorus of international concern on Hong Kong, the latest from German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Beijing on Friday, Premier Li Keqiang said the Chinese had the ability and wisdom to manage their affairs well. His remarks were seen as not just a warning against foreign interference, but also a commitment to tackle the current crisis according to “one country, two systems”. The fact that foreign nations and visiting heads of state have expressed concern show they do not just see this as an internal affair of Hong Kong and the mainland. State media warns Hong Kong protesters not to try Beijing’s patience Given our status as a financial centre, a travel hub and a world city, foreign governments have a legitimate interest in seeing the city safe and its business environment robust. Having subscribed to various United Nations’ conventions, our freedoms and human rights are also subject to international scrutiny. Overseas perception therefore remains an important factor when handling protests and violence, and if the situation drags on or worsens, concern inevitably grows. That said, Hong Kong cannot count on foreign powers to resolve the impasse. It is still incumbent upon the chief executive to work out a feasible political solution. The protests have already given US President Donald Trump more ammunition in the trade war with China. The Hong Kong crisis will only deepen if the public throws its weight behind sanctions that restrict the room for manoeuvre and backfire on the city’s freedom and economy.