US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday (native time) got here down closely on Chinese Communist Party and referred to as for releasing Xu Zhangrun who was detained by Chinese authorities for publishing articles criticising Xi Jinping over coronavirus pandemic.
“As with all unelected, communist regimes, Beijing fears its own people’s free thinking more than any foreign foe. We were deeply troubled to learn this week that the CCP detained Xu Zhangrun for criticizing General Secretary Xi Jinping’s repressive regime and the CCP’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Pompeo.
“He should be released. He was simply telling the truth. He should be released as soon as possible,” the US Secretary of State stated.
According to media reviews, Xu had printed an essay in February criticising Xi’s coverage of deception and censorship over the coronavirus scenario in China.
Xu labored as a legislation professor at Tsinghua University. He had earlier spoken towards the 2018 abolition of presidential time period limits.
Stating that the CCP has an unlimited credibility drawback, the US Secretary of State stated: “They failed to tell the world the truth about this virus, and now hundreds of thousands of peoples all across the world are dead. We need the truth; we still need the truth.”
“We need to open up. We need to engage in a serious way with scientists around the world. And they now say they’re going to allow the WHO to come in. That’s great, but the WHO needs to be free to do its real work. We need to make sure the right people are there to engage in this investigation, and we need real answers, not a perfunctory political solution. This is about science, not politics, and the Chinese Communist Party needs to come clean with the world about this virus,” added Pompeo.
The US Secretary of State additionally slammed China for its latest actions over Hong Kong.
“Beijing said that for 50 years they’d give the people of Hong Kong “a high degree of autonomy.” And you all have seen what’s occurred after solely 23 years – empty guarantees made to the individuals of Hong Kong and to the world,” he stated.
Pompeo lauded Google, Facebook, and Twitter for “refusing to surrender user data to the Hong Kong government”. “Other companies should follow them and do the same,” he stated.
China’s choice to impose draconian nationwide safety legislation in Hong Kong has invited criticism with many saying the transfer would result in erosion of its autonomy and likewise crush political dissent.