US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned China on “impinging” on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedom, saying it will inevitably impact US’ assessment of the ‘one country, two systems’ policy and the status of the territory.
Hong Kong merged with the Chinese mainland in 1997 under the ‘one country two systems’ principle worked out between Britain and China. The principle grants certain degree of autonomy from China to Hong Kong which is officially called the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
“Any decision impinging on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms as guaranteed under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law would inevitably impact our assessment of ‘one country, two systems’ and the status of the territory,” Pompeo said in a strongly-worded statement on Sunday.
“It has recently come to my attention that the Chinese government has threatened to interfere with the work of American journalists in Hong Kong,” he said.
These journalists are members of a free press, not propaganda cadres, and their valuable reporting informs Chinese citizens and the world, Pompeo said.