Michigan Senators criticize Trump administration response to China's actions in Hong Kong

Joanna Estrada
May 25, 2020

"Patten welcomed the idea of possibly excluding Huawei's involvement, saying", If people argue we should deal with Huawei because they're just like any other multinational company, that is for the birds: "if they come under pressure from the Communist government to do things which are thought to be in Beijing's interest they will do it".

Taiwan will provide the people of Hong Kong with "necessary assistance", President Tsai Ing-wen said, after thousands in the Chinese ruled territory protested against Beijing's plans to impose new national security laws.

The legislation's announcement followed months of often violent pro-democracy protests that rocked the semi-autonomous region starting last summer but have simmered for months amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The proposed legislation is expected to ban treason, subversion and sedition, and follows repeated warnings from Beijing that it will no longer tolerate dissent in Hong Kong, which was shaken by months of massive, sometimes violent anti-government protests previous year.

Late last week, China announced it was planning to pass legislation that would criminalize treason, secession, sedition and subversion against the central Beijing government and permit central government security forces to perform national security duties in the region.

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam, seen as pro-Beijing, vowed to "fully cooperate" with authorities in mainland China.

In a return of the unrest that roiled Hong Kong a year ago, crowds thronged the streets of the city on Sunday in defiance of curbs imposed to contain the coronavirus, with chants of "Hong Kong independence, the only way out", echoing through the streets. "Don't let "supporting HongKong" only be a slogan of empty promises". The pro-Democracy demonstrators were voicing their discontent with an effort from Beijing to significantly curtail the region's relative freedom and autonomy under the "one country, two systems" policy laid out in the 1997 Joint Declaration, when the United Kingdom ceded control of the former colony to mainland China. "(They are) completely destroying Hong Kong".

"We keep on kidding ourselves that unless we do everything that China wants we will somehow miss out on great trading opportunities".

The draft decision on such legislation goes in line with Hong Kong's overriding public opinion and reflects the principle of the rule of law, he said.

What Beijing is proposing threatens to end the territory's basic freedoms.

Protests are expected to resume on Wednesday, when the city's legislature is expected to give a second reading of a bill that would criminalise abuse of China's national anthem.

As well, the manner of its introduction erases the territory's right to self government.

"In face of the changing situation, the global community has proactively stretched out a helping hand to Hong Kong's people", Tsai wrote. Its intention is plain: to fatally erode "one country, two systems".

The list of those who will be sanctioned, administration sources told Newsmax, could easily include Chinese President Xi JinPing.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has strongly condemned rioters' unlawful assemblies and violent illegal acts in the vicinity of Causeway Bay and Wan Chai on Sunday, and supported the police to take resolute enforcement actions.

But it yearns for more, and is troubled by the democratic forces' landslide victory in local council elections last fall. The results revealed the depth of Hong Kong's opposition to China.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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