We welcome India’s ban on certain mobile apps that can serve as appendages of the CCP’s surveillance state. India’s Clean App approach will boost India’s sovereignty. It will also boost India’s integrity and national security, as the Indian Government itself has stated – Michael R Pompeo, Secretary of State, United States of America
Washington DC: The implementation of the draconian national security law on Hong Kong by the Chinese Communist Party on Tuesday June 30, is in gross violation of commitments that China made to the Hong Kong people and to the United Kingdom, in a UN-registered treaty – and in contravention of Hong Kongers’ human rights and fundamental freedoms.
This is how the US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo reflected on the Chinese Security Law vis-a-vis Hong Kong at his press briefing here on Wednesday July 1 2020.
Pompeo said Free Hong Kong was one of the world’s most stable, prosperous, and dynamic cities. Now it will be just another communist-run city, where its people will be subject to the party elite’s whims. Security forces are already rounding up Hong Kongers for daring to speak and think freely. The rule of law has been eviscerated. And as always, the Chinese Communist Party fears its own people more than anything else.
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Underscoring that the United States is deeply concerned about the law’s sweeping provisions and the safety of everyone living in the territory, including Americans, Pompeo said Article 38 of the new law also purports to apply to offenses committed outside of Hong Kong by non-residents of Hong Kong, and this likely includes Americans. This is outrageous and an affront to all nations.
In terms of retaliation by the US, Pompeo said visa restrictions on those responsible for the Hong Kong crackdown have been imposed. On Monday, the US also announced that it would end defense equipment and dual-use technology exports of U.S. origin going to the territory.
When asked about the report written by Dr. Adrian Zenz regarding the forced sterilization and abortion of the Uyghur population by China,Pompeo replied the United States has taken the strongest action in the world to protect the human rights of all Chinese people, including the Uyghur people. We’ll continue to do that. I hope our European allies, allies in the region will take this seriously. We hope other Muslim nations will take this seriously as well and respond in a way that has the opportunity to protect those people’s human rights.
On forced sterilization and abortions on Uyghurs and other minorities in western China, Pompeo said this is “sadly consistent with the CCP’s decades-long callous disregard for the sanctity of human life”. While underscoring this, he called on all nations, women’s advocates, religious groups, and human rights organizations to stand up for the Chinese people’s basic human dignity.
The Chinese Communist Party’s brutality affects the rest of the world, too. Hostage-taking for political gains puts China in league with the Irans and Venezuelas of the world.
On the first round of nuclear arms control talks between the United States and Russia held this past week, Pompeo said: “Our two sides met in Vienna. They had positive, detailed discussions on a wide range of topics, including China’s secretive build-up. Beijing regrettably boycotted the talks, continuing its record of secrecy and rejection of multilateralism.
When asked what would be the US reponse to the National Security law implemented by China on Hong Kong, and the punitive measures that have been taken so far, Pompeo said General Secretary Xi gets to make the decision about whether he wants to move his nation closer to something that is disconnected from the world in the most fundamental ways. They talk about wanting to be good stewards, international players that comply with multilateral obligations. But when you’re violating citizens’ most fundamental freedoms, we should look to your actions, not to your words. And so that’s what we will continue to do. We’ll continue to do all the things that we can. And importantly, we will continue to build out a global coalition that understands the challenge that the Chinese Communist Party threat places on freedom-loving peoples all across the world. This isn’t a U.S-China challenge. This is a challenge that is between freedom and authoritarianism.
With respect to Russia and the G7, when they were in this, Pompeo said they (the Chinese) were causing problems. They’re out of it and they still continue to present risk to us. We need to talk to the Russians. And so President Trump gets to decide if he wants them to come to summits or not. That’s his decision. I’ll certainly leave that to him. But I do believe it is absolutely important that we have more frequent engagement with the Russians. There were two days in Vienna last week to talk about really critical strategic dialogue about nuclear weapon systems proliferating around the world. It is wholly important and appropriate for the United States to continue to have dialogue with the Russians to convince them to change some of the activities that are inconsistent with what it is the United States needs to do to preserve security and freedom for its own people.
When asked whether Hong Kong is lost after the implementation of the Security Law, Pompeo remarked: Whether it’s lost or not is entirely dependent upon the decisions that General Secretary Xi makes. And when you say “lost,” you mean has it lost its freedoms, is it no longer an autonomous place. I signed a certification a couple weeks back now that suggested that it was not. I suppose these things are always reversible. The actions of the last 48 hours suggest that the Chinese Government – at least at this point, the Chinese Communist Party has no intention of reversing that trend. And as for how far we’ll go, I’ll just repeat what the President said. He wants to ensure, with a handful of exceptions, that Hong Kong is treated just like mainland China because that’s the way that General Secretary Xi has chosen to treat that place as well.