O’Brien condemns disqualification of opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong


White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien has criticized China for ousting opposition lawmakers from the Hong Kong legislature and admitted the possibility of new sanctions.

China passed a resolution on Wednesday that any legislator supporting Hong Kong’s independence or threatening national security should be disqualified, leading to the resignation of four Hong Kong MPs.

“Beijing’s recent actions disqualifying Democratic legislators from the Hong Kong Legislative Council leave no doubt that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is flagrantly violating its international obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and its promises to the people of Hong Kong, including under the Basic by law, “O’Brien said in a statement.

O’Brien called the “One country, two systems” principle a cover for “strengthening the one-party CCP dictatorship in Hong Kong” and pledged that the US would use sanctions and other instruments in response to these moves.

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