The United States will continue to support Hong Kong residents after the adoption of China’s national security law. This is stated in the statement of the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo that 30 June is published on the website of the state Department.
He noted that the law is harsh and “destroys the autonomy of the territory.”
“Beijing’s paranoia and fear of the aspirations of its own people has led to the fact that he wants to break the basis of the success of the territory and turn the principle of “one country, two systems” in “one country, one system,” said Pompeo.
In his opinion, the adoption of the law suggests that the promises of Beijing are empty words, since the Communist party of China “promised to Hong Kong 50 years of freedoms, but gave only 23”.
“The United States will not stand idly by when China captures Hong Kong in his authoritarian mouth… We will continue to support freedom-loving people of Hong Kong and to answer the attacks of Beijing on freedom of speech, press and Assembly, and the rule of law,” Pompeo vowed.
According to him, 30 June was a sad day for Hong Kong and all freedom-loving people in China.
On 30 June, the standing Committee of vsekitajsky meeting of national representatives adopted the law on the protection of national security in Hong Kong, which strengthens the control of the Chinese authorities of the Autonomous region. The document gives Beijing more powers to deal with separatism, subversive activities, terrorism and conspiring with foreign influence on autonomy and provides for life imprisonment for crimes in the sphere of national security. The document came into force on the date of adoption.
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have condemned the act, believing that it would undermine the principle of “one country, two systems” and will destroy the status of Hong Kong as a global financial centre. In Beijing, said that he decided to adopt the law “after prolonged social instability and the escalation of street violence that plunged Hong Kong into a difficult situation since 1997”.
Hong Kong – a separate administrative region within China. Britain handed control of Hong Kong to China in 1997. According to the Sino-British joint Declaration and the basic law of Hong Kong, the territory granted broad autonomy until 2047 under the formula “one country, two systems”. It guarantees freedoms that are not enjoyed in China.
In the summer of 2019 in Hong Kong began anti-government protests in connection with the intention to pass a law that would allow extradition at the request of Chinese authorities. This document was revoked, but the protests continued. Their participants demanded to reduce the influence of mainland China on the city politics, early election, investigate the actions of police and an Amnesty for detained demonstrators. The epidemic of coronavirus suspended action, but at the end of April they resumed.