After the so-called “national security” law for Hong Kong was approved by Chinas rubber-stamp legislature the National Peoples Congress (NPC), many are concerned over the future of Hong Kongs elections, currently scheduled for Sept. 6.
U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo said on June 1 that the United States is worried that if Hong Kongs Chief Executive Carrie Lam cancels the elections or postpones them “that there would be violence or something like that, which is just unfounded.”
“The Hong Kongers have held successful elections for years and years, so we are urging Hong Kong to continue to move forward for those,” he said during an interview with American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
If Lam decides not to hold the legislative elections it will be perceived “as really the final nail in the coffin with respect to any pretense that Hong Kong … the financial center that it is, the freedom that the people have there, the ability to speak their mind that the people have had in Hong Kong for all these years, that will be gone,” Pompeo said.
The United States response will recognize that the change was “driven not by British policy, not by American policy, not by U.N. policy, but by the policy of the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said.
Joshua Wong—the iconic activist from Hong Kongs 2014 Umbrella Movement and secretary-general of pro-democracy party Demosistō—told AEI in an interview (pdf) on May 12 that since the pro-democracy camp in Hong Kong won 85 percent of the seats in local district council elections “it is possible for the pro-democracy camp to take the majority in the Hong Kong Legislative Council” as well.
Wong is concerned that the new national security law may allow Beijing to “just override the principle of procedural justice and to disqualify as many candidates as they can” in the upcoming election.