National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien told The Story on Thursday that “America will respond” if the Chinese government “takes strong action” under the proposed “National Security Act,” which will tighten Beijing’s control over Hong Kong after months pro-democracy protests.
“The Communist Party of China agreed with the United Kingdom in 1997 that for 50 years after Hong Kong’s turn to China, the people of Hong Kong would enjoy a capitalist system and their way of life that encompasses the rule of law, freedom of speech, “O’Brien said, referring to the so-called” one country, two systems “principle.
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“Unfortunately, about 27 years earlier, the Chinese Communist Party decided that there was too much freedom in Hong Kong and they did not want to allow them to have their own way of life or their own capitalist system,”
When host Martha McCallum pressed O’Brien on what this answer might look like, he replied, “Hong Kong enjoys special access to American markets, it’s treated like [if] it is a free economy with various customs unions and there are privileges that Hong Kong accumulates because … it is considered a free system. We will have to consider whether these concessions can continue to be made.
“And then there are many other tools we have in the tools to deal with China if they are involved in violating the human rights of the people of Hong Kong,” O’Brien added. “We hope that the Chinese will not move forward with this blatant attempt to take the way of life of the people of Hong Kong. If they do, I’m sure there will be a strong response from the United States and others. And there are many tools to express our dissatisfaction with the Chinese. “
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O’Brien then praised President Trump’s policy toward China, contrasting it favorably with the record of former Vice President Joe Biden.
“There has never been a president who is tougher on China, who has stood up for China, who has stopped the huge trade imbalance with China. He is a defender of American intellectual property rights holders against China. No one, who has advocated for human rights in China. President Trump has, “he told MacCallum. “Biden said China is not a competitor. He said the United States can eat Chinese lunch. He and his family have been involved with China for years.
“I don’t think there’s going to be a big competition after the American people compare Joe Biden to President Obama’s record for China, which was very weak, to President Trump’s incredibly strong record for China.”