A sweeping new national security law has gone into effect in Hong Kong, effectively ending the “one country, two systems” promise that had long governed its relationship with mainland China. The new law cements China’s authoritarian rule over Hong Kong and limits many freedoms of the people there.
For example, the law criminalizes a number of protest activities in Hong Kong, if they are directed at the Chinese Communist Party or the Chinese government. It also sets up a unit within the Hong Kong Police Force that has the power to search properties and perform warrantless, covert surveillance—all while using security personnel from the mainland.
We’ve gotten used to scenes of democratic protestors in the streets of Hong Kong, fighting for their rights and freedoms. Such scenes are now unlikely, given the severe penalties that the Chinese government will impose on many such activities.
It’s the sad end of an era in Hong Kong. The Chinese government’s actions demonstrate they are committed to hegemonic control of their neighborhood.Read More »
China has now moved to exert more control over Hong Kong, ending the special treatment that was guaranteed to it when the former British colony was turned over to Beijing’s control in 1997. At the time, China promised Hong Kong would be governed for 50 years under the principle of “one country, two systems.” In other words, Hong Kong would retain its own legal system and police force through 2047.
But President Xi Jinping of China is now breaking that promise by imposing a sweeping new national security law on Hong Kong that would criminalize acts of protest against the Chinese government.
The American response was swift and appropriately strong—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally declared that the U.S. no longer considers Hong Kong autonomous from China.
It’s a move with numerous ramifications that will surely provoke Beijing, but sends the unmistakable signal that our support for the freedom-loving people of Hong Kong will not waver.Read More »
The people of Taiwan have just re-elected incumbent President Tsai Ing-Wen to another four years in office. It was a resolute expression of democracy just under one hundred miles from mainland China, in a place where freedom has flourished in the shadow of authoritarianism.
The recent protests in Hong Kong were a catalyst for the incumbent president, who rode warnings about China’s increasing desire to impose regional hegemony to a resounding victory.
Taiwan is a trusted ally of the United States. Our peoples share a love of freedom, a belief in the rule of law, and an understanding that free markets and free people are fundamental to a flourishing society.
Taiwan’s election reaffirmed the desire of its people to draw closer to the west, and to the United States, in particular. And our leaders should do what they can to ensure that the US-Taiwan relationship remains strong and vibrant for years to come.Read More »
Townhall Review – December 28, 2019
Talks with Senator Tom Cotton about the unrest in Hong Kong…
Talks with Michael Oren about the threat Iran presents to the Middle East…
Talks with Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, about the recent British elections…
Talks with Bill Bennett, about China…
Talks with Nikki Haley about the United Nations…
And talks with Georgia Congressman Doug Collins about the impeachment.Read More »