Chargé d’Affaires Robert Forden’s meeting with Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

December 8, 2020

Beijing- As a follow-up to information that was delivered by the Department of State to the PRC Embassy in Washington a day earlier,  Chargé d’Affaires Robert Forden met with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang on December 8 to express the United States’ deep concerns over the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Chargé d’Affaires Forden noted that Beijing has used the law repeatedly to suppress freedom of expression and assembly in Hong Kong and to arrest Hong Kong residents who have raised peacefully their concerns over Beijing’s oppressive policies.  He outlined the new U.S. policy designating 14 Vice-Chairpersons of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) in connection with developing, adopting, or implementing the law.