China’s move to impose a new security law on Hong Kong neither concerns the United States nor Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, says a political commentator, adding that Washington’s denunciation of Beijing is regarded as part of a global policy of confrontation pursued by President Donald Trump’s administration towards its critics.
Bill Dores, a writer for Struggle/La Lucha and longtime antiwar activist, made the comments in an interview with Press TV on Friday, after Pompeo blasted China for the imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong as part of measures aimed at restoring calm to the semi-autonomous city in the wake of months-long anti-government protests last year.
The security law would "guard against, stop and punish any separatism, subversion of the national regime, terrorist group activities and such behaviors that seriously harm national security.”
Pompeo swiftly lashed out at the legislation and claimed that the measure could be a "death knell” for the city’s autonomy.
“It’s certainly not the business of Mike Pompeo or the United States…This has to be seen as part of a global policy of confrontation being pursued by the Trump regime towards Venezuela, Iran, Russia and China, in particular, because it's such a major economic power,” Dores told Press TV.
“This has got to be seen in the context of Trump's threatening China and Russia with a super duper hyper-velocity missiles and one thousand other threats and provocation, including sending aircraft carriers into South China Sea, just like we have ships on the coast of Venezuela trying to intercept, threatening to intercept Iranian tankers,” he added.
“Right now we have tens of millions unemployed. We have nearly 100,000 dead from the coronavirus. We have cities that have run out of medical supplies. It's a disaster here, and the United States should leave China alone and Venezuela and everyone else and use the resources it's wasting on the military to try to alleviate the conditions in this country,” Dores underlined.
Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam said in a statement later on Friday that the local government would "fully cooperate" with Beijing over the national security, and added that the law was aimed at "effectively preventing and curbing actions that seriously endanger national security.”
The US secretary of state slammed on Wednesday China’s handling of the city and its months-long anti-government protests, claiming that the treatment of what he called activists in Hong Kong complicated the assessment of whether the territory remained autonomous.
The semi-autonomous Chinese territory was rocked by turbulent protests starting in June last year, when some citizens across the city began protesting against a proposed extradition bill. The proposal has since been withdrawn.
More than 7,000 people have been taken into custody for their involvement in the protests since June last year, with many having been charged with rioting, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
The Chinese government says the United States and Britain have been fanning the flames of unrest in Hong Kong by supporting the protesters.
Hong Kong has been governed under the “one-country, two-system” model since the city — a former British colony — was returned to China in 1997.