October 16, 2019 / 7:45 PM / a month ago

Senior U.S. diplomat - Hong Kong freedoms 'must be vigorously protected'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States believes freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Hong Kong must be protected and will continue to press China on the issue, a senior U.S. diplomat said in congressional testimony on Wednesday.

“In Hong Kong, we believe that the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly - core values that we share with the people of Hong Kong - must be vigorously protected. We continue to urge Beijing to uphold its commitments,” David Stilwell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs told a Senate panel.

Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Sandra Maler

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