he massive demonstrations in Hong Kong this week have caught the attention of people across the world including Nancy Pelosi who has released a statement that’s sure to infuriate Beijing.
In her statement, the US Speaker of the House declared that “the hearts of all freedom-loving people were moved by the courage of the one million men & women of Hong Kong who took to the streets to peacefully demand their rights & denounce this horrific extradition bill.”
The bill would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be taken to mainland China for trial. If it is passed by Hong Kong’s parliament, Pelosi threatened that Congress would have “no choice but to reassess whether Hong Kong is ‘sufficiently autonomous’ under the ‘one country, two systems’ framework.”
The hearts of all freedom-loving people were moved by the courage of the one million men & women of Hong Kong who took to the streets to peacefully demand their rights & denounce this horrific extradition bill. America stands with the people of Hong Kong. https://t.co/wX01v5xzHs
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 12, 2019
That threat appears to imply that the United States might reassess the special economic considerations given to Hong Kong which it treats as fully autonomous for trade and economic matters, meaning that the former British colony is exempt from Trump’s tariffs targeting China.
Pelosi’s interest in events in Hong Kong have been echoed by some of her Republican colleagues including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who said on Tuesday that the extradition bill was “another erosion of the rule of law and tightening of Beijing’s grip on [Hong Kong’s] imperiled autonomy.”
Two of Congress’s leading China-bashers, senators Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio, have also tweeted out on the issue.
This new policy would be in violation of all international understanding about the relationship between #HongKong and China.
Simply put, the communist weaklings in Beijing fear transparency, free speech, free press, and the free expression of their own citizens!
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 11, 2019
#China has already jailed innocent foreign business executives as retribution against other countries. If #HongKong legalizes the kidnapping of people who disagree with Beijing it will have a devastating effect on their economy https://t.co/b2I99cKbHN
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 11, 2019
Donald Trump, however, has so far remained silent on Hong Kong, tweeting instead about fake news, fake polling, and fake numbers.