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Secretary of State Blinken Says US Should Allow in Hong Kong Refugees Fleeing Beijing’s Repression

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Secretary of State Blinken Says US Should Allow in Hong Kong Refugees Fleeing Beijing’s Repression

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he thinks the United States should provide refuge for Hongkongers fleeing the Chinese regime’s widening suppression of the city’s freedoms. “We’ve seen China act egregiously to undermine the very commitments it made during the handover of Hong Kong … from Britain,” Blinken said in an interview with MSNBC aired on Feb. 1. The territory returned to Chinese rule in 1997, with Beijing promising to preserve Hong Kong’s autonomy and civil liberties. “We see people who are, again, in Hong Kong standing up for their own rights, the rights that they felt were guaranteed to them.  And if … they’re the victims of repression from Chinese authorities, we should do something to give them haven.” The Chinese Communist Party has drawn international condemnation over its imposition of a national security law last summer, which led to the arrests of dozens of pro-democracy figures in the city. …

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