U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo deplored and spoke out against the increased repression by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Hong Kong.
“The CCP’s decision to impose draconian national security legislation on Hong Kong destroys the territory’s autonomy and one of China’s [CCP’s] greatest achievements,” Pompeo said at a July 1 Fox News conference.
Pompeo also highlighted the success that can be achieved by a population while enjoying freedom, which is now being taken away from Hong Kong by imposing the restrictive law.
“Hong Kong demonstrated to the world what free Chinese people could achieve one of the most successful economies and vibrant societies in the world,” he said.
“Today is a sad day for Hong Kong, and for freedom-loving people throughout China,” were also the words of Pompeo, who has declared himself a strong advocate for Hong Kong’s autonomy obtained from the British government in 1984.
In 1997 the United Kingdom ceded control of the prosperous city to the CCP, and the latter committed itself by international treaty to respect the rights enjoyed by the city for the next 50 years.
The Hong Kong had the right to an independent judiciary, freedom of speech, press, and assembly, as well as the right to continue electing the chief executive and the legislative council by “universal suffrage.”
Since the law that came into force on July 1, all these prerogatives have collapsed.
However, the United States has passed several laws that seek to discourage the CCP from pushing its laws to the extreme in Hong Kong.
For Pompeo, the pattern of aggression that marks the behavior of the CCP “is a pattern that the world cannot ignore,” and in fact, several countries are taking steps to counter the abuses of the CCP.
Such is the case of Australia, which has called for an independent investigation into the CCP’s controversial handling of the CCP (coronavirus) pandemic, which is why the CCP stopped buying meat from four Australian slaughterhouses while it escalated its repressive measures.
It also threatened to suspend $63 billion worth of iron ore imports and impose an 80% tariff on barley from Australia. The CCP also tried to dissuade its citizens from traveling to Australia, limiting the country’s income from tourism.
The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), composed of parliamentarians from 15 countries, expressed serious concern calling the new law a “comprehensive assault on the freedoms of the city [Hong Kong],” according to the Hong Kong Free Press.
IPAC noted that the CCP “repeatedly and explicitly states its intention to expand its global influence. As a direct result, democratic values and practices have come under increasing pressure.”
IPAC’s mission is to help countries properly target their relations with the CCP to counteract its aggressions.