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Pompeo earlier lashed out at what he called China’s “Orwellian” moves
to censor activists, schools and libraries in Hong Kong under a
sweeping new security law.
“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure
you the United States will get this one right too,” he said.
US Vice President Mike Pence told CNBC last week that the law was a
“betrayal” and “unacceptable to freedom-loving people around the
Last week the US Congress passed tough new sanctions targeting
banks involved in violating Hong Kong’s autonomy.
The act would punish banks including by blocking loans from US
institutions if they conduct “significant transactions” with officials who violate the city’s autonomy.
President Donald Trump must sign the legislation for it to take effect.
“With the ink barely dry on the repressive National Security Law, local authorities in an Orwellian move have now established a central
government national security office, started removing books critical of
the CCP from library shelves, banned political slogans, and are now
requiring schools to enforce censorship,” he said.
Pompeo condemned what he called the “latest assaults on the rights
and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.”
“Until now, Hong Kong flourished because it allowed free thinking and
free speech, under an independent rule of law. No more,” he said.
Beijing has faced a groundswell of criticism from primarily Western
nations over its decision to impose the security law, which outlaws
acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with foreign
Authorities in the financial hub have ordered schools to remove books
for review under the law, which has criminalized certain opinions such
as calls for independence or more autonomy.
Libraries in Hong Kong said they were pulling titles written by a handful of pro-democracy activists.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s destruction of free Hong Kong
continues,” Pompeo said in a sharply worded statement.