Tensions between the US and China have increased further after the new national security law implemented by China in Hong Kong. After the National Security Act came into force on Tuesday, the US warned China that it would not sit in peace, as Beijing swallowed Hong Kong with its ‘totalitarian law’.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, using strong words, said in a statement that it was a ‘sad day’ for people in Hong Kong, as well as warning of new retaliation to China, including ending the defense sector and dual-use technology exports Also given.
The Chinese national security law came into force in Hong Kong on Tuesday and the powers of local and Chinese authorities to broadly investigate, prosecute and punish those rules were further broadened. According to a law approved by Chinese President Xi Jinping, isolation, sabotage, terrorism, and collusion with foreign powers will be criminalized. Those convicted in such crimes can face life imprisonment in prison.
Reacting to Beijing’s move, Pompeo said, ‘The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) decision to impose the National Security Law on Hong Kong has destroyed the region’s autonomy and one of China’s greatest achievements.
On the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handing over of China to British rule, he said, “Hong Kong has shown the world what China’s free people can achieve – one of the world’s most successful economies and vibrant societies.
” But Beijing’s fears and aspirations of its people have changed it from ‘One Country, Two Systems’ to ‘One Country, One System’. America’s top diplomat said, “Today is a sad day for Hong Kong and freedom-loving people across China.”
Significantly, after independence from Britain on 1 July 1997, the sovereignty of Hong Kong was handed back to China by the UK and certain rights were to be granted for at least 50 years under the ‘one country, two systems’ agreement.
On the other hand, after the new National Security Act came into force in Hong Kong, 180 people were arrested on Wednesday under this law of China. Apart from this, the first such arrest took place in the country amidst continuous protests where a man stood with a flag demanding the independence of Hong Kong.