ZeroHedge reports that China is mad that President Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy. In a statement, China’s foreign ministry said that the American government’s decision was “a naked hegemonic act” without offering any details on possible retaliation.
In the Chinese government’s view, America is allegedly interfering with Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs and violating international law by signing this bill into law.
The Chinese government claims that the U.S. ignored the facts and explicitly supported violent criminals who rioted on the streets and disrupted the rule of law.
Trump made a statement saying that he “signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong. They are being enacted in the hope that Leaders and Representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all.”
The signing of this bill comes at a time when Hong Kong is mired in unrest. Anti-government protests began with an extradition bill—which has now been discarded— that was floated by Hong Kong leadership. Now these protests have morphed into larger demands for democratic reform and police accountability.
“The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act reaffirms and amends the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, specifies United States policy towards Hong Kong and directs assessment of the political developments in Hong Kong,” the White House declared in a statement. “Certain provisions of the act would interfere with the exercise of the president’s constitutional authority to state the foreign policy of the United States.”
The bill, S.1838, was passed nearly unanimously in both chambers of Congress. S.1838 requires yearly reviews of Hong Kong’s special trade status under American law and will enable Washington to revoke this status in case the city does not keep a sufficient degree of autonomy under the “one country, two systems” framework. Additionally, this bill sanctions any officials who commit human rights abuses or undermine the city’s autonomy.
The House passed the bill on a 417-1 vote on November 20, 2019 after the Senate passed the bill without opposition. The veto-proof majorities gave Trump little wiggle room, as he was forced to sign the bill, lest he face opposition from his party.
Similarly, Trump signed the PROTECT Hong Kong act which prohibits the sales of American-made munitions like tear gas and rubber bullets to the city’s leaders.
Trump has maintained some degree of the silence on the issue, knowing that dealing with China will be a calculated struggle.
China is no benevolent actor and must be dealt with by using tough diplomacy.
Trump recognizes this and is using the trade war in a manner that can correct China’s predatory behavior.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Makes Attempt to Nab Traitorous Leakers
On July 12, 2020, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows announced that he gave several pieces of information to suspected leakers.
According to Axios, Meadows has proceeded to do this “to reporters — a trap that would confirm his suspicions.”
“Meadows told me he was doing that,” commented one former White House official. “I don’t know if it ever worked.”
The Trump administration has been plagued with leaks since day one. Meadows has taken it upon himself to find the leakers and expose them for subverting President Trump’s agenda.
One leak that recently infuriated Trump was involved an alleged Russian plot to pay the Taliban bounties to kill American soldiers.
Trump was also furious when the New York Times revealed that the Secret Service took him down to the bunker while riots raged outside the White House.
Although Meadows has not caught any high-profile leakers so far, a source close to Meadows said he is “focused on national security leaks and could care less about the palace intrigue stories.”
However, during a recent podcast with Ted Cruz, Meadows revealed that they discovered and fired a federal employee who was caught leaking information about a White House social media executive order.
Trump will ultimately need to get his house in order if he wants to keep his agenda coherent and intact.
One of the overarching themes of the Trump administration has been in its inability to tame subversive advisers and other actors within the administration.
This allows for Trump’s America First agenda to be derailed while legacy institutions like the defense industry benefit greatly.
D.C. is in desperate need of a cleanse and it starts within the executive branch.
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