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Secretary Pompeo releases statement on disqualification of Hong Kong lawmakers 

Saturday’s Sankei wrote that Secretary of States Pompeo released on Thursday a statement condemning China’s “patriotism” resolution passed by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee on Nov. 11, which disqualified four members of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council for exercising their mandates as lawmakers. The statement reads: “The CCP’s twisted vision of patriotism is a pretext to stifle freedom and the call for democracy…. The United States will continue to work with our allies and partners around the world to champion the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. We will hold accountable the people responsible for these actions and policies that erode Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms.” 


The paper wrote that although Prime Minister Suga also expressed grave concern over the move by China at his videoconference with the ASEAN leaders on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang flatly rejected the criticism by the United States, Japan, and European nations by saying: “A handful of countries criticized the relevant decision made by the NPC Standing Committee. They have no right to make such criticism, and their criticism makes no sense.” 

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