The U.S. and United Kingdom on Friday urged the U.N. Security Council to take action against China’s crackdown on freedoms in Hong Kong -- after China initially stopped the matter being discussed by the body.
The U.S. on Thursday had called for a virtual meeting of the Council to discuss Hong Kong, citing a number of actions by Beijing in undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy as agreed to as part of the handover of the territory in 1997 by the British.
Chinese government officials, citing national security, announced that the National People’s Congress (NPC) is looking at legislation that would criminalize anti-government movements, like the recent yearslong pro-democracy protests.
It's a move that led Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to declare that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous.
He also announced a series of measures in response to Beijing's crackdown on freedoms in Hong Kong -- including revoking Hong Kong's preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory, and taking steps to sanction officials involved in eroding Hong Kong's autonomy.