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The US condemns China over Hong Kong national security bill

The US condemns China over Hong Kong national security bill

The United States condemns China for unilaterally imposing a new national security law on autonomy in Hong Kong. This was stated by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He clarified that Beijing’s actions could affect Washington’s assessment of Hong Kong’s status.

On the eve of the law on the national security of autonomy was included in the agenda of the All-China Assembly of People's Representatives. The annual session opened on Friday, May 22, in Beijing. According to Pompeo, this step is contrary to the laws of the region and does not take into account the opinion of city residents. Washington called on Beijing to reconsider its decision. American media write that the United States is ready to impose sanctions on China in case of approval of the document.

Reuters, in turn, writes that the new law on national security could be the reason for the creation of Hong Kong special services bases in mainland China. This could lead to new anti-government protests.

The fact that Hong Kong urgently needs to adopt its own national security law to curb acts of violence and separatism, the Chinese authorities said in April. Beijing believes that last summer’s protests hit the rule of law in autonomy. The Chinese authorities also attributed the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic to national security.

Last summer, Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leadership decided to pass a law to extradite suspected criminals to mainland China. This caused a massive protest. They were accompanied by clashes with the police.

After mass demonstrations, authorities withdrew the bill, but protesters continued to take to the streets and demand greater independence from China and the release of all detained activists. The first verdict on the riot article was handed down in mid-May. 21-year-old Shin Ka-Ho received four years in prison. So far, this is the harshest verdict in the protest case.

In early 2020, against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictive measures introduced, the protests stopped. However, observers note that in the coming summer, stocks may resume with renewed vigor.

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