Pompeo declares Hong Kong no longer autonomous from China
“We’re not hurting anybody, we’re simply responding to what the PRC is doing,” said Stilwell, referring to the People’s Republic of China.
Tensions between Washington and Beijing have been growing steadily over the past year, with belligerent disputes over trade, press freedoms and China’s early reluctance to alert the world to the novel coronavirus that spread into a pandemic. Then last week, China announced a proposed law in which the Chinese Communist Party can deploy “relevant national security organs” to Hong Kong, giving legal cover for the mainland security services to operate in the previously autonomous financial center. Pompeo has called it a “death knell” for Hong Kong.
In a statement, Pompeo called the proposed security law “only the latest in a series of actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms.” As a result, he said, Hong Kong no longer merits special treatment that applied when the territory was under British rule before 1997.
“No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]