The US State Department on the 11th (local time) condemned China’s passing of a plan to reform the Hong Kong election system to prevent anti-Chinese forces from running for a “continuous attack on democracy”.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a press briefing today that “this (election system) change is a direct attack on Hong Kong’s autonomy, freedom and democratic process, restricting political participation, reducing democratic representation, and suppressing political debate.” He suggested that the United States will put the Hong Kong issue and other pending issues on the agenda, saying, “We will also discuss areas where there are disagreements with China” at a high-level US-China talks held in Alaska on the 18th. Senior officials in the administration of Joe Biden also said in a telephone briefing with the media, “I will address my concerns directly and clearly about the boycotts of Hong Kong and Xinjiang, Taiwan and Australia (products).”
According to Bloomberg and Reuters, the Biden administration imposed new export restrictions on some of China’s largest telecommunication equipment companies, Huawei’s suppliers, on the 11th. This was the first sanctions against Huawei by the Biden administration, and came before the high-level talks between the United States and China. It is interpreted that the new administration, following the former Donald Trump administration, has announced a policy to tighten regulations on China’s 5G technology equipment, represented by Huawei. The move took effect this week in the form of further restricting supply by tightening the previously approved export conditions for items that could be used in Huawei’s 5G equipment. Reuters quoted two sources, saying, “This action could disrupt the existing contracts signed between suppliers and Huawei.” Washington = Correspondent Lee Jung-eun [email protected] Go to reporter page>
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