Translator: Stay(文苑); Reviewer: Wencheng
It was reported that the CCP intends to counter the United States, restricting U.S. diplomats in Hong Kong to the approval of the CCP’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs before they can meet with Hong Kong government officials, educational institutions, and organizations.
The establishment of Liberal Party Legislative Council Member Zhong Guobin and the DAB Chairman Li Huiqiong both expressed support and advocacy. Zhong quoted the Special Commissioner in Hong Kong as saying that the move was “retaliation measures taken by the United States to restrict the activities of Chinese diplomats in the United States.” Li said that in view of the increasingly tense Sino-US relations, even if US diplomats stationed in Hong Kong propose to meet, they should wait until Sino-US relations improve before going to the appointment.
Non-establishment lawmakers hold the opposite view. Civic Party Legislative Council Member Yang Yueqiao and Chairman Liang Jiajie respectively stated that as Hong Kong citizens, there is no need to comply with the regulations because the regulations are for American diplomats. Being Hong Kong people, they are not restricted. If the new regulations are true, it will be difficult for Hong Kong to maintain its status as an Asian international city. The spokesperson of the US State Department has clearly pointed out that China has made the decision to include the US Consulates in Hong Kong and Macau into the restrictions of US diplomats. This decision will further prove Beijing’s abolition of Hong Kong’s autonomy and the destruction of Hong Kong’s years of prosperity framework.