Secretary of State Says the Territory No longer has a high degree of autonomy from China
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress on Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer justifies a special treatment with the United States..
Pompeo said in a statement that China’s plan to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong “only adds to a series of actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedom.”.
“No reasonable person today can claim that Hong Kong retains a high degree of autonomy from China, given the facts on the ground,” he said..
“After carefully examining the events during the reporting period, today I notified Congress that Hong Kong no longer has any reason to expect a special treatment in US law in the way that US law applied to Hong Kong before July 1997,” said Pompeo..
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“It is now clear that China is rebuilding Hong Kong on its own model,” he added..
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump last year, requires the Department of State to certify to Congress at least once a year that the former British colony still has sufficient autonomy to justify favorable terms of trade. with the United States, which helped to maintain Hong Kong’s position as a global financial center.
Under this law, officials responsible for human rights violations in Hong Kong may be subject to sanctions, including visa and financial.
Now Trump will have to decide whether to partially or completely strip Hong Kong of economic privileges..
Trump said on Tuesday that the United States is preparing a decisive response to China’s attempts to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong, and that the measures developed will be announced by the end of the week..
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