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China says US's Pompeo 'blackmailing' Hong Kong govt

Reuters | Published: May 21, 2020 11:11:13 | Updated: May 21, 2020 13:50:22


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the State Department in Washington, DC, US on May 20, 2020 — Pool via REUTERS US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the State Department in Washington, DC, US on May 20, 2020 — Pool via REUTERS

China said on Thursday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is “blackmailing” the Hong Kong government with the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and that Washington’s recent actions amount to blatant interference on China’s internal affairs.

Pompeo said on Wednesday the recent treatment of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong makes it harder to assess whether the territory remains highly autonomous from China, a requirement for special treatments the city gets under American law.

A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry’s office of the commissioner to Hong Kong said in a statement Pompeo’s actions cannot scare the Chinese people and that Beijing will safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests.

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