Pompeo said China interferes with work of the US journalists in Hong Kong but didn't give any evidences
Amid a growing tension between Washington and Beijing which occurred on the political and economic disagreements and recently only strengthened due to the coronavirus it became known that China is allegedly trying to interfere with the work of the US journalists in Hong Kong.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Sunday “it has recently come” to his attention that Chinese government is threatening to interfere with the work of the American journalists in Hong Kong. Pompeo said that these journalists are members of a free press, “not propaganda cadres,” citing to their guaranteed freedom under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law.
“…their valuable reporting informs Chinese people and the world,” Pompeo’s statement in the U.S. Department of State said.
Hong Kong has been claimed the territory of a “high degree of autonomy” for 50 years since the Great Britain returned it to China in 1997 under “One Country, Two Systems” arrangement. The system formed the basis of the territory's special status under U.S. law, which has helped it thrive as a world financial center.
However, Pompeo didn’t provide any evidences of the interference and neither did give any specific examples of what he was referring to.
In late February the U.S. government limited the number of Chinese nationals from state-run news outlets in the United States. In early March, the United States decreased the number of journalist allowed to work at four Chinese state-owned news outlets from 160 to 100.