US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has strongly criticized China’s plans to create a new security law in Hong Kong.
Pompeo calls Chinese efforts to ban “betrayal, secession, sedition and subversion“In Hong Kong as”death knell“For the freedom of the city.
“The United States strongly urges Beijing to reconsider its disaster proposal, comply with its international obligations, and respect Hong Kong’s high autonomy, democratic institutions and civil liberties,” Pompeo said.
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have it garner support from governments around the world after China announced the law at the annual National People’s Congress.
Raab and the others agree
A joint statement from the British foreign minister Dominic Raab, Australia’s foreign minister Marise Payne and Canadian foreign minister François-Philippe Champagne, meanwhile, has everything but the echo of Pompeo’s sentiment.
“We are very concerned about the proposal to introduce a law relating to national security in Hong Kong,” read the joint statement.
“The legally binding Joint Declaration, signed by China and Britain, stipulates that Hong Kong will have a high degree of autonomy. It also states that rights and freedoms, including the rights of that person, the press, councils, associations and others, will be guaranteed by law in Hong Kong, and that the provisions of the two UN covenants on human rights (International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and International Treaties on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) will continue to apply.
“Making such a law on behalf of Hong Kong without the direct participation of its people, the legislature or the judiciary will clearly undermine the principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, in which Hong Kong is guaranteed a high degree of autonomy.”
United States of America President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, concluded: “There is a privilege obtained by Hong Kong because it is considered a free system. We have to check whether the concession can continue.
“If China moves forward and takes strong action under this new national security law, America will respond, and I think other countries in the world will respond, including Britain and many of our allies and friends.”
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