In Policy Speech, Pence Criticizes Chinese Regime’s Unethical Practices, Voices Support for Hong Kong and Taiwan

Epoch Times
Date: October 24, 2019
By: Eva Fu

Vice President Mike Pence slammed the Chinese regime for curtailing “rights and liberties” in the city

US Vice President Mike Pence speaks on the future of the US relationship with China at the
Wilson Center’s inaugural Frederic V. Malek Public Service Leadership lecture, in Washington, DC, on October 24, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

of Hong Kong during a major policy address on Oct. 24, while reaffirming U.S. commitment to standing up for those values.

In a roughly 40-minute speech on the future of U.S.-China relations, Pence reprimanded Beijing for its unethical trade practices and human rights abuses, but noted that the United States would push for a cooperative relationship with China based on “fairness, mutual respect, and the international rules of commerce.”

“Nothing in the past year has put on display the Chinese Communist Party’s antipathy to liberty so much as the unrest in Hong Kong,” Pence said at the Wilson Center in Washington.

“Hong Kong is a living example of what can happen when China embraces liberty,” Pence said, while noting the city’s status as an international financial hub, its legal institutions, and “lively free press,” are things that people in mainland China do not enjoy.    [FULL  STORY]

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