WASHINGTON, July 1: Taking a strong exception over China’s enactment of national security legislation, the United States on Wednesday said that it will not stand idly by while China swallows Hong Kong into its authoritarian maw.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to impose draconian national security legislation on Hong Kong destroys the territory’s autonomy and one of China’s greatest achievements”, the State Department said in a statement.
The US charged Beijing of being in paranoia and fear of its own people’s aspirations which have led it to eviscerate the very foundation of the territory’s success, turning “One Country, Two Systems” into “One Country, One System.”
“Hong Kong demonstrated to the world what a free Chinese people could achieve ? one of the most successful economies and vibrant societies in the world.”
The CCP’s action demonstrates once again that Beijing’s commitments ? in this case, the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law ? are empty words. The CCP promised 50 years of freedom to the Hong Kong people, and gave them only 23. Within the past few years, Beijing has also violated its agreements with the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations. This is a pattern the world cannot ignore.
The state department said that last week they had imposed visa restrictions on CCP officials responsible for undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy.
“We are ending defense and dual-use technology exports to the territory. Per President Trump’s instruction, we will eliminate policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment, with few exceptions”, the statement added.