US says Hong Kong stripped of autonomy, opens door to sanctions towards China

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The US is contemplating imposing sanctions on China because of the latter’s new nationwide safety legislation that strips Hong Kong of its autonomy and will violate the “one country two systems” precept.

On Thursday, over the last day of its annual National People’s Congress (NPC) session, China’s parliament accepted a call to go ahead with a invoice that bans sedition, secession and subversion via a technique that might bypass Hong Kong’s legislature.

The earlier day, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed lawmakers that he not considers Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China, and thus, the semi-autonomous area no longer qualifies for its particular standing underneath US legislation.

“Beijing’s disastrous decision is only the latest in a series of actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms and China’s own promises to the Hong Kong people,” Pompeo stated.

Critics cite fears that if enacted, the brand new nationwide safety legislation may threaten Hong Kong’s standing as a monetary hub, and authorities may arbitrary arrest pro-democracy protesters.

Washington’s move got here after a brand new wave of protests broke out in Hong Kong, as a consequence of one other controversial legislation that criminalises disrespect of China’s nationwide anthem.

On Monday, Robert O’Brien, the US National Security Adviser informed NBC that the proposed laws may enable China to “basically take over Hong Kong”.

“And if they do … Secretary Pompeo will likely be unable to certify that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy, and if that happens there will be sanctions that will be imposed on Hong Kong and China,” O’Brien warned.