The Trump administration sent out a warning to the world it is “examining further options to respond” to China and the Chinese Communist Party’s actions on Hong Kong and the global coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien.
“The United States was the first major country with the courage and conviction to candidly acknowledge the true nature of the CCP regime,” O’Brien’s statement read. “It is critical that nations around the world demand accountability from Beijing. The world cannot continue to pay heavy prices for its naiveté and complicity in Beijing’s irresponsible and harmful practices – whether it is ending the rule of law in Hong Kong or not cooperating with health officials on the pandemic.
“The United States is examining further options to respond.”
O’Brien noted in May 2020, the administration “declared the death of Hong Kong’s free and open society at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”
“Last week’s politicized arrests of more than 50 people, former elected officials among them, for exercising their political rights guaranteed under the Basic Law, is the latest of many successive nails that Beijing has driven into the coffin of Hong Kong democracy,” O’Brien’s statement began.
“In May, the administration demanded answers from Beijing about the origins of the virus and accused the World Health Organization of enabling a cover up by deferring to the CCP. Just as China ignored its international obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, it continues to do so with the International Health Regulations.”
The statement also comes as the WHO plans to send investigators into Wuhan, China, to examine the potential origin of the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide.