Last updated on August 10, 2019
State Department spokesman said on Thursday (8th) at a regular press conference to answer a question from a reporter from the Voice of America in the State Department. The photos and personal information of US diplomats who met with Hong Kong democracy activists were “rogue regimes” (thuggish The practice of regime).
Ortegas said: “I think that leaking the private information of a US diplomat, her photos, and the child’s name is not strictly related, but a thing that a rogue regime will do. This is not a responsible country’s behavior. .”
The Office of the Special Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in Hong Kong issued a statement on Thursday (8th) saying that the responsible person of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong urgently met with a senior official of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong on August 8 and reported on the US media in the media. Officials of the Hong Kong Consulate General contacted Hong Kong’s so-called “Hong Kong independence” people to make solemn representations, expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition, and asked the US to clarify this.
The statement also urged the US consulates in Hong Kong to abide by the relevant basic norms of international law and international relations, “immediately clear the boundaries with various anti-China and chaotic elements” and “stop immediately intervening in Hong Kong affairs.”
Earlier, some media reported that officials of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong had contacted some opposition figures in Hong Kong, including the famous activist Huang Zhifeng. Huang Zhifeng was charged with contempt of court for violating the injunction during the Hong Kong umbrella movement in November 2014. He was sentenced to two months in prison on May 16, 2019, and was released on June 17.
At the same time, personal information about the US diplomat was also exposed by the Chinese media.
US State Department spokesman Ortegas did not provide the name of the US diplomat, nor did he specify which private information was leaked. She said that US diplomats will meet with people from all walks of life around the world, including opposition figures. This is their job.
She said: This is what the US diplomats do every day in the world. US diplomats meet with government officials, and we also meet with opposition protesters, not only in Hong Kong or China but basically in every place with a US embassy. Our diplomat is doing her job, and we appreciate her. “
She also said: “Not only do US diplomats do this, but diplomats from other countries do the same.”
AFP earlier quoted a spokesperson for the US State Department as saying that on the day that US diplomats met with the Hong Kong democrats, American diplomats also met with Hong Kong formed factions and Pan-Democrats, as well as American business groups.
Beijing blamed the evolution of the situation in Hong Kong on external forces and accused the United States of interfering in Hong Kong affairs. US Secretary of State Pompeii said earlier that the statement that the United States is behind the protests in Hong Kong is “absurd.” He said that the protests were entirely the spontaneous actions of the people of Hong Kong. The people of Hong Kong asked the government to listen to their voices.
Yang Suzhen, former US Consul General in Hong Kong and Macao and Director of the Taipei Office of the Taiwan Association of Taiwan, told the Voice of America: “China has let the world observe how the two countries and two systems work effectively. The United States is like this in other countries and regions. It is very normal for a diplomat to meet with people from all walks of life inside and outside the government. On the Hong Kong issue, China has always been very hypocritical. You know, hypocrites. They say that one country, two systems will work well and the whole world can pay attention to, observe and supervise. But when someone criticized, they said that it was interference in their internal affairs.”
On the other hand, the US government on Wednesday raised the warning level for US citizens to travel to Hong Kong. The US State Department’s travel announcement on August 7th urged US citizens to “be extra careful because of social instability in Hong Kong” and warned against the demonstrations during the trip, and “if unexpectedly at large gatherings or protests, Be cautious.” (Related reports: Hong Kong’s anti-delivery. Beijing’s new strategy) CNN: Using the “parental heart” that is eager to settle down and fear children’s breaking the law, the CCP has tempered moderate Hong Kong people | more articles )
The people of Hong Kong continued to conduct protests and demonstrations for more than two months. The protests evolved from the initial “reverse delivery” to a broader democratic appeal. The protesters asked the government to respond to their five major demands, including the withdrawal of the fugitive offenders’ regulations, and the resignation of the Chief Executive Lin Zhengyue.