Hong Kong Policy Act Report

Hong Kong Policy Act Report 03/31/2021 10:52 AM EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Over the past year, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has continued to dismantle Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, in violation of its obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong’s Basic Law.  In particular, the PRC government’s adoption and the Hong Kong ...
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Update to Report on Identification of Foreign Persons Involved in the Erosion of the Obligations of China Under the Joint Declaration or the Basic Law

Update to Report on Identification of Foreign Persons Involved in the Erosion of the Obligations of China Under the Joint Declaration or the Basic Law REPORT BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS MARCH 16, 2021 On October 14, 2020, the Secretary of State submitted a report to Congress pursuant to section 5(a) of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act (HKAA), which listed 10 foreign persons that the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, determined are materially contributing to, have materially contributed to, ...
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Hong Kong Autonomy Act Update

Hong Kong Autonomy Act Update PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 17, 2021 Yesterday in Tokyo, Japan, I spoke of the need to stand up for our shared democratic values and to work together to hold to account those who would threaten them. Today, we are again doing that.  The release of today’s update to the Hong ...
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U.S.-Japan Joint Press Statement

U.S.-Japan Joint Press Statement MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 16, 2021 The following statement was released by the Security Consultative Committee. Begin Text: Secretary of State Blinken, Secretary of Defense Austin, Minister for Foreign Affairs Motegi, and Minister of Defense Kishi held the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee in Tokyo, Japan on March 16, 2021.  They reaffirmed that ...
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G7 Statement on Hong Kong Electoral Changes

G7 Statement on Hong Kong Electoral Changes 03/12/2021 03:26 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, ...
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Assault on Democracy in Hong Kong

Assault on Democracy in Hong Kong 03/11/2021 07:03 PM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State The United States condemns the PRC’s continuing assault on democratic institutions in Hong Kong.  The National People’s Congress decision today to unilaterally change Hong Kong’s electoral system is a direct attack on autonomy promised to people in Hong Kong under the Sino-British Joint Declaration.  These ...
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“A Foreign Policy for the American People”

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  SPEECH March 3, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken “A Foreign Policy for the American People” March 3, 2021 Ben Franklin Room Washington, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning.  My fellow Americans, five weeks ago I was sworn in as your Secretary of State.  My job is to represent the United States to ...
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Designating PRC and Hong Kong Officials After Widespread Pro-Democracy Arrests in Hong Kong

01/15/2021 12:38 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Today, the United States is designating six PRC and Hong Kong officials in connection with the draconian National Security Law (NSL), pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13936, “The President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization.” On January 6, Hong Kong authorities arrested more than 50 ...
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Joint Statement on Hong Kong

Joint Statement on Hong Kong 01/09/2021 06:07 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Begin Text: We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, underscore our serious concern ...
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Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo : On the Mass Arrests of Democracy Advocates in Hong Kong

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO January 6, 2021 On the Mass Arrests of Democracy Advocates in Hong Kong Today’s arrests of more than 50 politicians and pro-democracy advocates by local authorities in Hong Kong is an outrage, and a reminder of the Chinese ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Robert Forden’s Meeting with Deputy Secretary General of National People’s Congress Standing Committee Hu Xiaoli

Beijing–  During a December 10 meeting with Deputy Secretary General of National People’s Congress Standing Committee Hu Xiaoli, Chargé d’Affaires Robert Forden reiterated the United States’ deep concerns over Beijing’s ongoing assault against the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Hong Kong people guaranteed to them in the Sino-UK Joint Declaration.  He emphasized that many ...
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Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo: Designations of National People’s Congress Officials Undermining the Autonomy of Hong Kong

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO December 7, 2020 Designations of National People’s Congress Officials Undermining the Autonomy of Hong Kong Beijing’s unrelenting assault against Hong Kong’s democratic processes has gutted its Legislative Council, rendering the body a rubber stamp devoid of meaningful opposition. One aspect of ...
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On the Political Persecution of Hong Kong Democracy Advocates

12/03/2020 05:10 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States is appalled by the Hong Kong government’s political persecution of Hong Kong’s courageous pro-democracy advocates. The use of courts to silence peaceful dissent is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes and underscores once again that the Chinese Communist Party’s greatest fear is the ...
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Joint Statement on Hong Kong

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 18, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.  We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, reiterate our serious concern regarding ...
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Disqualification of Pan-Democratic Lawmakers in Hong Kong

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 12, 2020 Beijing’s onslaught against Hong Kong’s freedoms and liberties continues. The United States strongly condemns the “patriotism” resolution passed by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee on November 11, which disqualified four members of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council for exercising their mandates as lawmakers. This resolution tramples on the rights of ...
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Statement from National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien

Issued on: November 11, 2020 Beijing’s recent actions disqualifying pro-democracy legislators from Hong Kong’s Legislative Council leave no doubt that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has flagrantly violated its international commitments under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and its promises to the people of Hong Kong, including those under the Basic Law.  “One Country, Two Systems” ...
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Arrest of Eight Pan-Democratic Politicians in Hong Kong

11/02/2020 10:29 AM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States strongly condemns the arrests of eight pan-democratic politicians in Hong Kong, including five sitting members of the Legislative Council. The arrest of these lawmakers six months after the incident in question is a clear abuse of law enforcement for political purposes. The ...
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Arrest and Detention of Student Democracy Activists in Hong Kong Under the National Security Law

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO October 29, 2020 Arrest and Detention of Student Democracy Activists in Hong Kong Under the National Security Law The United States strongly condemns the arrest and detention of three student democracy activists and calls on Hong Kong authorities to release those that remain detained immediately. The Beijing-controlled Hong Kong ...
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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong Persons

The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong Persons for Activities Related to Supporting the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines 10/19/2020 03:02 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The international community has long recognized that the Iranian regime uses the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) to transport proliferation-sensitive ...
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Identification of Foreign Persons Involved in the Erosion of the Obligations of China

Identification of Foreign Persons Involved in the Erosion of the Obligations of China Under the Joint Declaration or the Basic Law    REPORT BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS OCTOBER 14, 2020 Pursuant to Section 5(a) of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act (“HKAA” or “Act”) (P. L. 116-149), not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of the HKAA, if ...
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Release of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act Report

10/14/2020 03:15 PM EDT Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has systematically dismantled the autonomy that Beijing promised to the Hong Kong people and the world in a UN-registered treaty. Through the imposition of the National Security Law, the CCP has crippled democratic institutions, human rights, judicial independence, and individual freedoms in ...
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On the Arrests of Hong Kong Protestors

STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON October 3, 2020 On the Arrests of Hong Kong Protestors We are outraged at the Hong Kong government’s arbitrary arrest of more than 80 people on October 1.  A stable and prosperous Hong Kong depends on honoring the rights of assembly, free speech, and other fundamental freedoms.  By repressing peaceful ...
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Advancing U.S. Engagement and Countering China in the Indo-Pacific and Beyond

Advancing U.S. Engagement and Countering China in the Indo-Pacific and Beyond TESTIMONY DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS WASHINGTON, DC SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 Chairman Risch, Ranking Member Menendez, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Committee to discuss the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the ...
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The United States Expresses Concern Over Hong Kong Democracy Activists Held in Guangdong Province

09/11/2020 06:17 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States is deeply concerned that twelve Hong Kong democracy activists, arrested two weeks ago off the coast of Hong Kong by Guangdong Maritime Police, have been denied access to lawyers of their choice.  Local authorities have yet to provide information regarding their welfare, ...
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The Enduring U.S. Commitment to ASEAN

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 America has long been a friend to ASEAN countries. At the ASEAN-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ meeting recently, I reaffirmed U.S. support for ASEAN’s role at the heart of the Indo-Pacific. The ASEAN Outlook for the Indo-Pacific and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy share a respect for sovereignty, the rule of law, transparency, ...
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Suspension or Termination of Three Bilateral Agreements With Hong Kong

Suspension or Termination of Three Bilateral Agreements With Hong Kong 08/19/2020 12:28 PM EDT Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson The Chinese Communist Party has taken drastic steps to erode the high degree of autonomy that Beijing itself promised to the United Kingdom and the people of Hong Kong for 50 years under the UN-registered Sino-British Joint ...
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Joint Statement on the Erosion of Rights in Hong Kong

Joint Statement on the Erosion of Rights in Hong Kong 08/09/2020 10:26 AM EDT Office of the Spokesperson We the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State are gravely concerned by the Hong Kong government’s unjust disqualification of candidates and disproportionate postponement of Legislative ...
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The United States Designates Individuals in Hong Kong for Curtailing Promised Freedoms

The United States Designates Individuals in Hong Kong for Curtailing Promised Freedoms 08/07/2020 10:56 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Chinese Communist Party has made clear that Hong Kong will never again enjoy the high degree of autonomy that Beijing itself promised to the Hong Kong people and the United Kingdom for ...
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33rd U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue: Strengthening U.S.-ASEAN Relations

Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell of the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs co-chaired the 33rd U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue on August 4th, Washington, D.C. time (August 5th, Vientiane time) together with Deputy Foreign Minister Thongphane Savanphet of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
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On the Postponement of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Elections

On the Postponement of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Elections 08/01/2020 10:45 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States condemns the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone by one year upcoming Legislative Council elections originally scheduled for September 6. There is no valid reason for such a lengthy delay. It is likely, ...
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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

U.S. Policy Toward China: Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee 07/22/2020 03:08 PM EDT Stephen Biegun, Deputy Secretary of State Senate Foreign Relations Committee As Prepared Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Menendez, Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. This is an important moment in the U.S.-China ...
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Secretary Pompeo And British Foreign Secretary Raab At a Press Availability

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab At a Press Availability 07/21/2020 01:00 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State London, United Kingdom Lancaster House FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Really delighted to welcome Secretary Pompeo back to London.  We’ve been discussing the full range of issues today.  We’re going ...
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Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Kingdom

Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Kingdom to Discuss Transatlantic Partnership on Global Priorities 07/20/2020 08:32 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson “Our two nations are twin pillars for the security of our people, for economic freedom, and for liberal values, the rule of law; all of the things that our two nations hold dear…our ...
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Secretary Michael Pompeo at a press availability

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  I want to start by marking – yeah, good morning.  Good to see some new – James, great to see you back. QUESTION:  Likewise. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Welcome.  I want to start by marking two anniversaries.  First, on July 11th, the United States and Vietnam celebrated the 25th anniversary of the ...
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Ambassador Terry Branstad’s meeting with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zheng Zeguang

Ambassador Terry Branstad met with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zheng Zeguang on July 15 to express the United States’ deep concerns about China’s decisions to erode Hong Kong’s fundamental freedoms and to explain the details of the President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization. Ambassador Branstad explained that the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong ...
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On the President’s Announcement on Hong Kong

Over the past two weeks, the world has watched as the Chinese Communist Party smothers Hong Kong’s freedom.  In 1984, China promised the United Kingdom and the Hong Kong people in front of the world that it would keep Hong Kong free and open and maintain its high degree of autonomy until the year 2047. 
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On the Pan-Democratic Primary Election in Hong Kong 

I warmly congratulate Hong Kong’s pan-democrats for their successful primary election.  More than 600,000 Hong Kongers cast ballots in the first territory-wide, pan-democratic primary election. Their enthusiasm clearly demonstrates their desire to make their voices heard in the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to suffocate the territory’s freedoms. 
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Secretary Pompeo at a Press Briefing on Current U.S. Foreign Policy

It’s great to be with the Foreign Press Center today. This is my first briefing with all of you, actually, and the Secretary, of course, was with you a few years ago, so we are delighted to be back with all of the foreign press represented here in Washington and New York.
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On the CCP’s Orwellian Censorship on Hong Kong

On the CCP’s Orwellian Censorship on Hong Kong 07/06/2020 09:17 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Chinese Communist Party’s destruction of free Hong Kong continues.  With the ink barely dry on the repressive National Security Law, local authorities – in an Orwellian move – have now established a central government national security ...
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On Beijing’s Imposition of National Security Legislation on Hong Kong

On Beijing’s Imposition of National Security Legislation on Hong Kong 06/30/2020 08:17 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to impose draconian national security legislation on Hong Kong destroys the territory’s autonomy and one of China’s greatest achievements. Hong Kong demonstrated to the world what a free Chinese people ...
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U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO June 26, 2020 U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials for Undermining Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy and Restricting Human Rights President Trump promised to punish the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong’s freedoms.  ...
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U.S. Government Ending Controlled Defense Exports to Hong Kong 

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO June 29, 2020 U.S. Government Ending Controlled Defense Exports to Hong Kong  The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to eviscerate Hong Kong’s freedoms has forced the Trump Administration to re-evaluate its policies toward the territory.  As Beijing moves forward with passing the national security law, the United ...
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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Hong Kong

We, the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union underscore our grave concern regarding China’s decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong.
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Situation in Hong Kong

Press Statement Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus November 11, 2019, Washington, DC The United States is watching the situation in Hong Kong with grave concern.  ‎We condemn violence on all sides, extend our sympathies to victims of violence regardless of their political inclinations, and call for all parties— police and protestors— to exercise restraint.‎  We repeat President ...
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Press Releases: Hong Kong: 2014 Occupy Movement Cases and Fugitive Ordinance Law

The United States is disappointed by the decision of the Hong Kong Government to prosecute and convict several Hong Kong residents for organizing peaceful protests during the Occupy Central movement in 2014. We are concerned that this decision will limit or discourage the people of Hong Kong from exercising the basic freedoms guaranteed them under ...
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International Religious Freedom Report for 2017-China Includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau

The constitution states citizens have freedom of religious belief but limits protections for religious practice to “normal religious activities” and does not define “normal.” The government continued to exercise control over religion and restrict the activities and personal freedom of religious adherents when the government perceived these as threatening state or Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ...
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