The United States has condemned the Hong Kong authorities’s resolution to postpone the Legislative Council elections initially scheduled for September 6, 2020, for one 12 months.
“There is no valid reason for such a lengthy delay,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned in a press release Saturday, including that “the elections should be held as close to the September 6 date as possible.”
If elections are usually not held in “a manner that reflects the will and aspirations of the Hong Kong people,” he mentioned, the semi-autonomous metropolis “will continue its march toward becoming just another Communist-run city in China.”
Pompeo known as the postponement a “regrettable action” which confirms Beijing’s intention to not honor the Sino-British Joint Declaration, an UN-registered treaty, and the Basic Law, when Britain turned Hong Kong to China in 1997.
China’s hand-picked Hong Kong chief, Carrie Lam, introduced Friday that town’s September legislative election could be postponed for a 12 months, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The transfer is seen as a blow to the pro-democracy camp, which was extensively anticipated to do effectively within the election.
Observers say the postponement was the most recent in a collection of strikes by the federal government in current days to thwart the pro-democracy motion.
Just lately, Hong Kong authorities fired two pro-democracy teachers lively in politics, arrested 4 younger activists on nationwide safety costs and issued arrest warrants for six others, together with a U.S. citizen, and disqualified 12 pro-democracy candidates for the legislative election.
The six have fled the territory and are wished on suspicion of violating the nationwide safety laws that entered into power a month in the past.
Two outstanding U.S. legislators, Congressman Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, and Senator Robert Menendez, the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a stern warning to China Friday, saying in a press release that “if Beijing thinks that this effort will silence those who stand for freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, it is gravely mistaken: today we are all Hong Kongers.”
“This action only further undermines the credibility of China as a responsible rule-abiding member of the international community,” Engel and Menendez mentioned.