The USA on Thursday denounced China’s approval of sweeping modifications to Hong Kong’s electoral system, saying Beijing was stifling democracy within the monetary capital.
The rubber-stamp parliament’s transfer is “a direct assault on autonomy promised to individuals in Hong Kong below the Sino-British Joint Declaration” earlier than the handover of the territory in 1997, Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned.
“These actions deny Hong Kongers a voice in their very own governance by limiting political participation, decreasing democratic illustration and stifling political debate,” Blinken mentioned in a press release.
Blinken additionally urged Hong Kong to go forward with September elections, the town’s pro-Beijing chief Carrie Lam has hinted might be delayed once more.
“We name on the PRC and Hong Kong authorities to permit the September 2021 Legislative Council elections to proceed and be certain that all candidates are included in a clear and credible method,” Blinken mentioned.
He additionally urged authorities to drop fees imposed in Hong Kong in opposition to activists below a draconian new safety legislation.
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