U.S. Department of State
MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE
PRESS BRIEFING ROOM
JANUARY 7, 2020
HONG KONG EXCERPTS
Staying in Asia, we noted the appointment of Luo Huining, the new head of the Hong Kong Chinese Central Government Liaison Office. He’s expressed hopes that Hong Kong will return to the, quote, “right path,” end of quote. The right path, as I’ve said before, is for the Chinese Communist Party to honor its commitments made to Hong Kong in the Sino-British Joint Declaration filed at the United Nations, a commitment that guarantees the territory’s independent rule of law and freedoms that the Chinese living on the mainland unfortunately do not enjoy.
The United States will continue to work with Hong Kong and the Chinese Communist Party officials to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong, and to promote Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy.