Mike Pompeo branded 'arrogant' and 'hysterical' as Beijing approves Hong Kong law

Andrew Cummings
May 29, 2020

In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said he was "deeply concerned" by China's security law but he did not threaten any consequences for it. "Making such a law on Hong Kong without the direct participation of its people, legislature or judiciary would clearly undermine the "one country, two systems" framework", he said in a statement.

There is mounting concern the law's components, criminalizing separatism, subversion, terrorism, and activities by foreign forces, could be broadly used to crush dissent in the city.

China made the security law a priority at its annual NPC session, after huge pro-democracy protests rocked the financial hub for seven months past year.

With the approval, further details of the law are expected to be finalized over the coming weeks, and it could be enacted before September. "No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground".

The statement added: "China's decision. lies in direct conflict with its global obligations under the principles of the legally-binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration".

Military delegates arrive for the closing session of China's National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Thursday Ma

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"The PRC, I think. has tried to paint this as, 'they would respect the economic freedom in Hong Kong without feeling obligated to respect political freedom.' You can't have one without the other", Stilwell said.

Riot police officers clash with protesters in Hong Kong, on May 27, 2020.

The National People's Congress voted 2,878 to 1 in favour of the decision to empower its standing committee to draft the legislation, with six abstentions.

Derek Scissors, who studies China for the American Enterprise Institute think tank, said Beijing has looked increasingly emboldened in recent months and may be ready to accept US punishment as the price of enforcing its control over Hong Kong.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signaled Wednesday that Washington was preparing to strip Hong Kong of the special status that enabled the United States to treat it as an entity distinct from China.

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But Hong Kongers and several Western governments see the move as crushing the city's unique freedoms, and Washington has vowed to punish Beijing over it.

The statement has been released a day before the US President Donald Trump is due to announce later his response to the Chinese parliament's new security laws for Hong Kong.

In a separate statement on Friday, published in several local newspapers, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam urged "fellow citizens" to "join hands to pursue our dreams while putting aside our differences". This migration pattern, of course, also occurred in the years leading up to the handover, especially after the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

He also said Britain would give British passport holders in Hong Kong more rights to live and work in the United Kingdom, in case they had to flee.

"He's [Trump's] going to have to send a message to [Chinese President] Xi Jinping that, look, if you launch a military crackdown.in Hong Kong, if you arrest the democracy leaders, if you ban these elections, we're going to repeal the Hong Kong Policy Act. It could be the end of Hong Kong as a financial hub in the region and the world", said Ms. Glaser, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington.

"We can't let this go unnoticed and they will be held accountable for that", Larry Kudlow told CNBC.

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