US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Saturday again criticized Beijing for the situation with Hong Kong, promising that Washington would “protect itself from the tyranny” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“The Chinese Communist Party is destroying what distinguishes Hong Kong from the rest of China. As a result, [US President Donald Trump] no longer believes that [it would be] justified to treat Hong Kong the same as before. The US will protect itself from the tyranny of the CCP.” – says the head of the US Foreign Ministry on his Twitter page.
Earlier, Washington criticized the adoption by the All-China People’s Congress (NPC, the highest legislative body of the PRC) of a resolution to draft a law on national security in Hong Kong. The US authorities took this as a violation of the autonomous status of this territory and promised to respond with sanctions. On Friday, Trump said that in connection with the actions of Beijing, the US side began the process of canceling all the benefits enjoyed by Hong Kong.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said earlier that the Chinese government would take all necessary countermeasures against the United States if the US side continued to intervene in the internal affairs of China and its special administrative region.