O’Brien: US “examines other options” after mass arrests in Hong Kong


National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said on Sunday that the United States was “examining other options” after the arrest of more than 50 activists in Hong Kong.
O’Brien called the 55 or so arrests last week, the largest mass arrest since China instituted a new national security law in Hong Kong, as “politicized” and “the latest of many successive nails that Beijing has sunk into the coffin of Hong Kong democracy. . ”

“The United States was the first great country to have the courage and conviction to frankly recognize the true nature of the CCP regime,” O’Brien said in a statement. “It is essential that nations around the world hold Beijing to account.”

“The world cannot continue to pay a high price for its naivety and complicity in Beijing’s irresponsible and nefarious practices – whether it is ending the rule of law in Hong Kong or not cooperating with them. health officials on the pandemic, ”he continued. “The United States is looking at other options to respond to it. “

The national security adviser said President TrumpDonald Trump Kim says North Korean efforts will focus on bringing US to its knees Pelosi urges Democrats to prepare to return to DC this week amid Ken Klippenstein impeachment calls: ‘ideological’ blind spot has prevented the police from responding urgently to the riots on the CapitolThe Hong Kong administration “predicted and declared the death of the Hong Kong Free and Open Society” last May.

American, Australian, Canadian and British officials condemned the arrests in one joint statement dated Saturday.

“It is clear that the National Security Law is being used to suppress dissent and opposing political views,” diplomats said. “We call on the central authorities of Hong Kong and China to respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong without fear of arrest and detention.”

The joint statement was signed by the Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike Pompeo, Cruz, and other Trump allies condemn President Sanders’ Twitter ban defends pressure to impeach Trump: insurgency will not be tolerated Pompeo meets Biden’s candidate for state as part of transition MORE, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, British Secretary of State Dominic Raab and Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne.

Most of those arrested were detained because of their participation in an unofficial primary for a since-delayed legislative election, which officials say broke the law. All but three have been released on bail, according to The Associated Press.

China last year backed the National Security Law that sought to criminalize foreign interference, subversion and secession. Western governments and Hong Kong activists have criticized the law, saying it undermines the “one nation, two systems” rule that China accepted when it took control of Hong Kong in 1997.

Hong Kong officials criticized the joint letter from foreign officials, saying, “We are appalled at the remarks by some foreign government officials who seemed to suggest that people with certain political beliefs should be immune from legal sanctions.

The National Security Law was passed more than a year after pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong rocked the city over a now withdrawn bill that would have allowed the extradition of suspects to China.


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