US Secretary of State Antony Blinken posted the initial message after seven Hong Kong opposition district councillors were disqualified this week, with authorities declaring that the oaths taken by them were invalid.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken deleted a tweet that said the United States would “stand with the people of Hong Kong ”, a post in which he accused Beijing of weakening the city’s long-term political stability. He posted the message after seven Hong Kong opposition district councillors were disqualified this week, with authorities declaring that the oaths taken by them were invalid. A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry’s Hong Kong office issued a statement on Friday strongly opposing
this week, with authorities declaring that the oaths taken by them were invalid.A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry’s Hong Kong office issued a statement on Friday strongly opposing “irresponsible comments from certain US politicians” on Hong Kong, saying that “no US slanders” would deter the nation’s determination to enforce “patriots administering Hong Kong”.
Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers withSCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team.“[The seven district councillors] smeared the Chinese central government and the HKSAR government, stood on the side of anti-China, destabilising forces in Hong Kong and interfered in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs as a whole,” the statement said, referring to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The statement said it was common international practice to require an oath of allegiance, set out qualifications for legislators and ensure their national identity and political loyalty through legislation.“It is sheer hypocrisy and [a] double standard that the US vilifies the just measure of the HKSAR government, even as it itself has an ‘iron net’ system to require public officers to swear allegiance at home, and disqualifies lawmakers for violating parliamentary rules.” headtopics.com
Image: TwitterBlinken initially tweeted his criticism with an upfront tone on September 16.“Beijing should let the voices of all Hong Kongers be heard. The PRC’s disqualification of district councillors only weakens Hong Kong’s long-term political and social stability. We stand with the people of Hong Kong & continue to support their human rights & fundamental freedoms,” he said.
Story continuesThe same tweet was also posted by Ned Price, spokesman for the US State Department, on the same day and it too was deleted.US human trafficking report adds security law to list of Hong Kong concernsA day later, Blinken posted a milder tweet that removed the US’ offer to stand with the people of Hong Kong and the blatant advice for Beijing to let the voices of all Hong Kong people heard.
His tweet the next day read: “The PRC’s disqualification of seven pro-democracy district councillors undermines the ability of people in Hong Kong to participate in their governance. Governments should serve the people they represent. Decreasing representation goes against the spirit of Hong Kong’s Basic Law.”
Image: TwitterThe second tweet was criticised by other users who said it was “weak” while some questioned why he would delete the earlier tweet that seemingly offered more moral support and assurance to Hong Kong’s opposition camp.Blinken has regularly criticised Beijing’s handling of Hong Kong’s opposition camp and was unclear why the outspoken US politician would soften his position. headtopics.com
Last week, theGlobal Timespublished an editorial accusing Blinken and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab of “useless wailing for Hong Kong Alliance”.In July, the US sanctioned seven Chinese officials, all deputy directors from the central government‘s liaison office in Hong Kong.
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