Over the weekend, the Chinese Communist Party confirmed that it will be, as President Trump put it last month, “absolutely smothering” the liberties of the people of Hong Kong that it promised to respect for another nearly three decades.
Beijing announced Saturday that it will be institutionalizing its repression of what the CCP calls “troublemakers” in the former British colony. A new investigative unit will create the pretexts for arresting them and the hated Chinese puppet, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, will use new judges to legitimate such apprehensions.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says such changes will reduce Hong Kong to the sorry status of any other city in totalitarian China. That will mean an end to its favored trade treatment by the United States and the rule of law that long made its securities exchanges attractive to foreign investors.
This is Frank Gaffney.