The grandson of former President Richard Nixon issued a dire warning about personal freedoms in Hong Kong during an interview airing Sunday as the territory faces a clampdown from Beijing following the passage of a new national security law.
In an interview with WABC 770 AM's "The Cats Roundtable," Christopher Nixon Cox told host John Catsimatidis that "[t]he lights of freedom are really going out on Hong Kong."
"The Chinese mainland by fiat said that they are imposing this law, which is taking away the right of many people in Hong Kong," Cox said. "It takes away the right of teachers, for instance, to teach in the way they want to teach. They can't say what they want to say."
"It restricts individual citizens, students, from referring to the Hong Kong revolution. That's banned," he added.
Cox went on to predict that U.S. businesses would begin leaving the province and head for other regional commerce centers with less restrictive laws.
“A lot of American businesses will be leaving Hong Kong. I think you’re going to see Singapore benefit tremendously from more Western-oriented bank," Cox said, adding: "Sadly, for Hong Kong, I think it will be diminished in terms of a financial hub. A lot of those institutions will be moving out over the next few years. It’s just too much of a risk for them.”
Cox's grandfather, the 37th president, was known during his first term for being the first U.S. president to visit the People's Republic of China, beginning a process that led to the normalization of U.S. relations with China following the Chinese communist revolution more than two decades earlier.
Cox previously served as a New York campaign official for the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Will Trump choose megalomania over country? Trump attacks Meghan McCain and her family MORE's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential bid, and has since co-founded a consulting firm.