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Washington, May 22 . .- The United States Government considered on Friday that the national security law being processed by the Chinese authorities for Hong Kong would suppose the “death sentence” of the autonomy that the Chinese state promised to maintain in the British ex-colony.
The United States condemns the Chinese legislature’s proposal to “unilaterally and arbitrarily impose” the national security law in Hong Kong, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement today.
“Bypassing Hong Kong’s well-established legislative processes and ignoring the will of the Hong Kong people would be a death sentence for the high degree of autonomy that Beijing promised for Hong Kong under the Sino-British Joint Declaration submitted to the UN” added
The National People’s Assembly of China (ANP, Parliament) started its annual meeting on Tuesday, in which a “Hong Kong security law” will be processed, which, according to the Legislative Vice President, Wang Chen, aims to prohibit “any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion “against Beijing and responding to the problem of increasing” national security risks “occurring in the former British colony.
Wang was referring to the pro-democratic protests that became massive in June last year in Hong Kong and that, according to him, “have challenged the basis of the principle ‘one country, two systems’ (which governs the former British colony), damaged the state of law and threatened national sovereignty, security and development interests. “
“Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of freedom. The United States strongly urges Beijing to reconsider its disastrous proposal, fulfill its international obligations, and respect Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, democratic institutions and civil liberties. to preserve their special status, “said Pompeo.
“Any decision affecting Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms, as guaranteed by the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Basic Law, will inevitably impact our assessment of one country, two systems and the status of the territory,” added Pompeo. , who promised to maintain support for Hong Kong people.
The 1984 Sino-British Declaration, which served to agree Hong Kong’s retrocession from British hands to Chinese in 1997, established the maintenance for 50 years from that date of a series of unimaginable freedoms in this territory in mainland China. .