Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States. Jacqueline Martin / Paul via REUTERS / File Photo
After Sunday, the US government announced the withdrawal of decades-old restrictions on relations between its officials and Taiwan officials, Washington has announced that it is studying more options to respond to Beijing’s “irresponsible and harmful practices.”.
In May 2020, The Trump administration anticipated and declared the death of Hong Kong’s freedom and open society at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. (PCC). “The political arrests of more than 50 people last week, including elected representatives, for exercising their right to engage in politics, are the latest of many events that led to the death of democracy in Hong Kong.”
the week, More than 1,000 police officers arrested 53 people – including an American citizen – in raids carried out in the early hours of last Wednesday, on charges of “sabotage”, A new national security crime that could lead to life imprisonment.
The move is the latest in China’s battle to crush dissent in the semi-autonomous city after millions of people took to the streets in 2019 to wage massive and sometimes violent protests for democracy.
“The United States was the first major country in the world to have the courage and conviction to understand the true nature of PCC. In another part of the statement, the White House said: “While China ignored its obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, it did the same with the International Health Regulations.”Repression in Hong Kong. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)
Western countries accuse Beijing of using repression to eliminate the freedoms promised under the “one country, two systems” agreement. This allowed the return of the former British enclave to China.
The United States has already imposed sanctions on several Chinese and Hong Kong officials, including Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that the outgoing US government may consider imposing new sanctions in light of the recent arrests.
Regarding the arrests last week, Maya Wang, a Chinese researcher from Human Rights Watch, said, “The Chinese government has decided to celebrate 2021 by arresting more than 50 prominent pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, thus erasing the remnants of the democratic appearance that remained in the city.” Other, Beijing does not learn from its mistakes in Hong Kong: Repression breeds resistance, and millions of Hong Kong residents will continue their struggle for their right to vote and present themselves as candidates for a democratically elected government, ”he noted.
Since the controversial security law – designed and imposed by Beijing – went into effect, there have been numerous police raids and arrests of activists.Some of them previously chose to go into exile in an attempt to avoid reprisals for activities that could constitute a crime under the new legislation.
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