U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has deleted a statement posted to his official Twitter account on Thursday that said the U.S. would "stand with the people of Hong Kong," the South China Morning Post reported Friday. Blinken's now-deleted tweet, originally posted on September 16, read: Beijing should let the voices of all Hong Kongers be heard. The PRC [People's Republic of China]'s disqualification of district councilors only weakens Hong Kong's long-term political & social stability. We stand with the people of Hong Kong and continue to support their human rights & fundamental freedoms. The U.S. Secretary of State replaced the statement with a more muted tweet posted later on September 16: The PRC's disqualification of seven pro-democracy district councilors undermines the ability of people in Hong Kong to participate in their governance. Governments should serve the people they represent. Decreasing representation goes against the spirit of Hong Kong's Basic Law. Both of Blinken's messages referenced the recent disqualification of seven Hong Kong district councilors by pro-China elements within the city's government. Hong Kong's government said it relieved the district officials of their civic duties after determining that they had recently provided "invalid" loyalty oaths to the Chinese Communist Party… Read full this story
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