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Thursday, 28 May 2020

US, China Clash Over Hong Kong


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

United States and China argued over Hong Kong at the last United Nations meeting on Wednesday. China opposed US over the request made by Washington from the Security Council to meet over China's plan to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong. 

While the US mission to the United Nations was expressing its concern over the issue it said, the issue was a "a matter of urgent global concern that implicates international peace and security" and therefore called for immediate action by the council. 

China on the other hand  "categorically rejects the US baseless request" because the national security legislation for Hong Kong was an internal matter and "has nothing to do with the mandate of the Security Council."

This argument between the two countries may be as a move by Washington to go against Beijing which can be as a result of tension that emerges between the two countries over the coronavirus pandemic.  It could be recalled that US has called for China's transparency about the coronavirus outbreak which first surfaced in Wuhan last December. While China stands on its word that it was transparent over the outbreak.  

Sequel to this, The U.S. said China's opposition to a Security Council meeting on Hong Kong coupled with its "gross cover-up and mismanagement of the Covid-19 crisis, its constant violations of its international human rights commitments, and its unlawful behavior in the South China Sea, should make obvious to all that Beijing is not behaving as a responsible U.N. member state."

In response to this, China pointed its finger at US that facts has proved that US is the trouble maker of the world and should stop its power politics, China's UN Ambassador asserted.

According to India Today, Zhang responded that: "Facts prove again and again that the U.S. is the trouble maker of the world. It is the U.S. who has violated its commitments under the international law. China urges the U.S. to immediately stop its power politics and bullying practices."

Meanwhile President Donald Trump had revealed his plan on Tuesday that he was preparing to take action against China this week over its effort to impose national security laws on Hong Kong, but did not give details  when  he was asked by newsmen. 

When was asked whether US planned to impose sanctions on Beijing over it's action in Hong Kong, Trump replied,  “We’re doing something now. I think you’ll find it very interesting. But I won’t be talking about it today.”

“It’s something you’re going to be hearing about ... before the end of the week - very powerfully I think,” Trump added. 

In the same vein, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress on Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer qualifies for its special status under U.S. law because China had undermined its autonomy, potentially dealing a crushing blow to the territory's status as a major financial hub.

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