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Pompeo Blasts China: ‘Respect Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy, Democratic Institutions, and Civil Liberties’

Pompeo Blasts China: ‘Respect Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy, Democratic Institutions, and Civil Liberties’

“The decision to bypass Hong Kong’s well-established legislative processes and ignore the will of the people of Hong Kong would be a death knell…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABM4YeVkCJQ

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at China over the communist party’s attempt to “impose national security legislation on Hong Kong.”

This legislation would “ban all seditious activities in” Hong Kong.

Here is Pompeo’s full statement:

The United States condemns the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National People’s Congress proposal to unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation on Hong Kong. The decision to bypass Hong Kong’s well-established legislative processes and ignore the will of the people of Hong Kong would be a death knell for the high degree of autonomy Beijing promised for Hong Kong under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a UN-filed agreement.

Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of liberty. The United States strongly urges Beijing to reconsider its disastrous proposal, abide by its international obligations, and respect Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, democratic institutions, and civil liberties, which are key to preserving its special status under U.S. law. Any decision impinging on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms as guaranteed under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law would inevitably impact our assessment of One Country, Two Systems and the status of the territory.

We stand with the people of Hong Kong.

In 1997, the British let go of Hong Kong under the condition of “one country, two systems.” Hong Kong must enjoy independence and liberty until 2047.

That has not stopped Beijing from trying to bring Hong Kong completely under its control:

This week, Beijing’s patience ran out. On the back of more than six months of often violent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last year, the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s rubber-stamp parliament, put forward plans to introduce a national security and anti-sedition law on the city’s behalf, bypassing Hong Kong’s legislature via a rarely used constitutional backdoor.

The details of the proposed law go far beyond what was put forward in 2003. As well as criminalizing “treason, secession, sedition (and) subversion” against the central government, it will also enable Chinese national security organs to operate in the city “to fulfill relevant duties to safeguard national security in accordance with the law.”

Expected to be passed by the NPC later this month and promulgated in Hong Kong soon after, the law will have drastic effects on whole swaths of Hong Kong society, from the city’s garrulous and defiant political sphere to media, education and international business.

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Comments

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 22, 2020 at 5:22 pm

Fyi

China’s Unrestricted Warfare Could Lead to Collapse in One Year

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kXDivflF5Bo&feature=emb_rel_pause

Commie is as commie does. The world needs its slave labor and needs it compliant. Why else are we trading with communists?

BierceAmbrose | May 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm

One country, two systems for another what, 27 years?

Well, we have a lovely demonstration of what a CCP pinky-swear is worth.

BierceAmbrose | May 22, 2020 at 7:33 pm

You can have all the autonomy you want, as long as you do what we want; all the self-governance so long as you do it our way.

That seems familiar somehow.

I have no doubt there are Republicans who have taken dirty Chinese money. Any who have should be held accountable. But the clintons and dnc were awash in it for decades.

https://spectator.org/chinagate-and-the-clintons/

ng lap seng is mentioned in the above article. Now for another article.

https://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/ng-lap-seng-chinese-billionaire-charged-with-lying-about-cash-brought-into-u-s-prosecutors-say-1.10883021

seng shows up decades later, bringing large sums of money into the US. Why? I guess no one really knows.

Nothing to see here I guess.

Did anyone really EVER think China would honor the treaty?

    Barry in reply to gonzotx. | May 23, 2020 at 12:15 am

    No.

    But we should hold their feet to the fire anyway. Want to rule HK just like the rest of china? Fine, no business with the west.

I I knew as soon at the outset that One Country, Two Systems was not going to be followed.
Hong Kong will find their Government gone, and all traces removed from history quite soon.

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