US Condemns Hong Kong Election Postponement

The worsening outbreaks in other countries mean global business activities and tourism to Hong Kong will be slow to recover

US citizen included in Hong Kong wanted list

Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 115 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing Hong Kong's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 3,511.

The warrants come after Hong Kong barred activists from running in an upcoming election, which it made a decision to delay, drawing global condemnation as well as parallels to a similar suggestion by US President Donald Trump.

Hong Kong media reported on Friday that Samuel Chu and five other activists from the territory, who now live in Britain, the USA, and elsewhere, have been put on the wanted list on charges of violating the national security law for Hong Kong.

Just recently, Hong Kong authorities fired two pro-democracy academics active in politics, arrested four young activists on national security charges and issued arrest warrants for six others, including a USA citizen, and disqualified 12 pro-democracy candidates for the legislative election.

Chinese state-run media reported that the men are wanted by authorities for "incitement to secession" under a sweeping and controversial national-security law passed last month, according to The Guardian.

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, who has said he wants to hire a bodyguard to protect himself from detention after being barred from running for office, compared the testing push to Beijing's efforts to track other groups suspected of secessionist tendencies such as the largely Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang.

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City elections now have electoral committee mechanisms in place that favor pro-Beijing candidates; pro-democracy protests in past years have called for universal suffrage.

Hong Kong, a former British colony that has formally operated separately from the rest of China under a policy called "one country, two systems" since it was handed over to China in 1997, has seen its relationship with the mainland deteriorate in recent years as Beijing cracks down on its independence.

The United States has condemned the Hong Kong government's decision to postpone the Legislative Council elections initially scheduled for September 6, 2020, for one year.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam cited a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory in delaying the elections.

The move comes amid a row with Western nations protesting a tough new security law Beijing imposed on the city.

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