China suspends extradition treaty with New Zealand over Hong Kong

Hong Kong opens makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients

"It is a really tough decision to delay, but we want to ensure fairness, public safety and public health", said Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, according to The New York Times.

He wrote, "Hong Kong police is targeting a U.S. citizen for lobbying my own government".

If elections are not held in "a manner that reflects the will and aspirations of the Hong Kong people", he said, the semi-autonomous city "will continue its march toward becoming just another Communist-run city in China".

The Hong Kong government's decision to postpone an election for the city's legislature by a year, by invoking emergency legislation after a spike in coronavirus cases, may be unlawful, the city's bar association said.

Pompeo called the postponement a "regrettable action" which confirms Beijing's intention not to honor the Sino-British Joint Declaration, an UN-registered treaty, and the Basic Law, when Britain turned Hong Kong to China in 1997.

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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.

Pompeo urged Hong Kong authorities to allow the elections to proceed as close to the original timetable as possible.

President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of delaying the November 3 USA presidential election, but the Constitution bestows that power on Congress, not the president. That led to worldwide condemnation from the US, Australia and Britain, while local democracy activists and human rights groups said the city's government was suppressing free speech among opposition groups. Some 21 per cent thought the election should be postponed by no more than six months.

The law targets "secession", "subversion", "terrorist activities", and "collusion with a foreign country", and carries life sentences as punishment for numerous offenses.

September's election would have been the first since Beijing imposed a controversial national security law that critics believe would target pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. But lawyers and activists have said the law's vaguely worded clauses could be used to silence dissidents and political opponents.

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