US slams China's proposed veto on Hong Kong's selection of lawmakers, terms it 'direct attack' on autonomy

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the country condemns China's 'continuing assault on democratic institutions in Hong Kong'

Agence France-Presse March 06, 2021 08:51:13 IST
US slams China's proposed veto on Hong Kong's selection of lawmakers, terms it 'direct attack' on autonomy

State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that Washington was conferring with allies to "speak with one voice" in condemning China's abuses, including the "repression" in Hong Kong. AP

The United States on Friday condemned China's proposed new veto powers on Hong Kong's selection of lawmakers as a "direct attack" on the city's autonomy and demanded that Beijing reverse course.

The proposed measures "are a direct attack on Hong Kong's autonomy, Hong Kong's freedom and the democratic processes," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

He said that the move violated Hong Kong's Basic Law that took effect in 1997 when Britain handed over the financial hub to China.

"If implemented, these measures would drastically undermine Hong Kong democratic institutions and they run directly counter to the Basic Law's clear acknowledgment that Hong Kong elections should progress towards universal suffrage," Price said.

"We call on the PRC to uphold its international obligations and commitments and to act consistently with Hong Kong's Basic Law," he said, referring to the People's Republic of China.

"The United States stands together with the people of Hong Kong, who are seeking nothing more than the universal rights, which they are owed."

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