Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for “fair and free” elections in Hong Kong on Tuesday and congratulated the opposition on “successful” primaries ahead of the September general election, which will take place in the territory in September.
“I would like to congratulate the Hong Kong Pan Democrats on their primaries. More than 600,000 people in Hong Kong voted in the first such primaries,” said Pompeo, who stressed his “enthusiasm.”
For the US government, this is a clear attempt to “demonstrate their desire to be heard” in the face of the Chinese government’s attempts to “suppress their freedoms.” “The election of the Legislative Council in September should be both free and fair,” he said in a message posted on Twitter.
However, he has expressed serious “concern” about the words of Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam, who has pointed out that the primaries may have violated the recently passed Hong Kong national security law.