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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Hong Kong’s decision to delay its Legislative Council elections by a year and urged the city’s government to reconsider.

“There is no valid reason for such a lengthy delay,” Pompeo said in a statement. “This regrettable action confirms that Beijing has no intention of upholding the commitments it made to the Hong Kong people and the United Kingdom under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a U.N.-registered treaty, and the Basic Law.”

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