Recent U.S. legislation targetting the People’s Republic of China blatantly violates the principle of national sovereignty by intruding into the internal affairs of that country. The Central Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Canada condemns the escalating imperialist interference against the PRC, and calls on the federal government of PM Justin Trudeau to speak out against US intervention into China’s domestic affairs.
Two pieces of U.S. legislation are of particular concern. First is the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 (HKHRDA), which received near-unanimous support in Congress, imposes sanctions against Chinese officials accused of human rights abuses in Hong Kong (which is an integral part of China), and requires the U.S. State Department and other agencies to conduct an annual review to justify changing the favourable trade relations status between the U.S. and Hong Kong. The Act has been signed by President Trump, and is the process of being implemented.
Regarding Hong Kong, the so-called “pro-democracy” forces increasingly display the U.S. flag and urge the United States to undertake direct military, economic and diplomatic intervention. This strategy aims to end the “one country-two systems” policy established when the colony seized by Britain was restored to China in 1997. The result would be to establish U.S. imperialist domination over Hong Kong as part of Washington’s drive to isolate China and establish hegemony over the eastern Pacific region.
In another development, the U.S. House of Representatives has now passed the “Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019”, concerning allegations of human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China.
We draw attention to the reality that in Xinjiang, beginning around 1990, extremist separatist forces conducted thousands of violent attacks, killing innocent people and police officers, and undermining stability and peace. Since the autonomous regional government of Xinjiang implemented a series of anti-terrorism measures, no terrorist attack has occurred in the region over the past three years. This approach stands in stark contrast to the actions of U.S. imperialism, which has waged a series of brutal wars and occupations in other countries since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, resulting in millions of deaths and widespread economic destruction.
Both of these Acts plainly reveal the true nature of U.S. imperialism, which regularly meddles in the internal affairs of other countries. The intention of the U.S. ruling class is not to improve the well-being of people in Hong Kong or Xinjiang, but to promote hostility and violence among different regions and ethnic groups in China, and to undermine the growing influence of the PRC, which increasingly challenges U.S. global economic and political hegemony. The direction of China’s economic, social and political development is a matter for the peoples of China to determine for themselves, free from the hostile pressures of imperialist powers. The Communist Party of Canada condemns these two acts of U.S. legislative aggression, and urges the labour and progressive movements to support the right of China and other countries targetted by imperialism to protect their sovereignty and independence from such imperialist interference in their internal affairs.
Central Executive Committee, Communist Party of Canada