China’s parliament adopts plan to impose security law on Hong Kong

China’s parliament adopts plan to impose security law on Hong Kong”

During the months of anti-government protests, some activists have defaced the Chinese flag, called on foreign powers to send troops into Hong Kong, and waged a campaign of vandalism against businesses they see as being loyal to Beijing.

This year's session started on May 22, after a delay of over two months due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia in a joint statement said China's decision to impose the new national security law on Hong Kong lies in direct conflict with its worldwide obligations under the principles of the legally binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration.

"We have wanted to use any method to stop this national anthem law getting passed by this legislature, which is basically controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, because the law is just another way of putting pressure on Hong Kong people", Chu said outside the chamber. "Today, I reported to Congress that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China, given facts on the ground", Pompeo tweeted.

Pompeo issued the statement a day after President Trump issued a threat that if China imposes its new national law on Hong Kong the island would lose its role as a 'financial hub'.

The move has already sparked a new wave of anti-mainland protest.

The proposed law has prompted protests in Hong Kong and has been denounced internationally, with observers warning it could curtail numerous fundamental political freedoms and civil liberties guaranteed in the agreement handing the city over from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

Now, as you know, for 30 years, the USA has treated Hong Kong with special status.

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Trump also teased reporters Tuesday that US action would come this week, without revealing what he was planning. Ending Hong Kong's special status would take more action from the White House, and potentially Congress, to alter specific commercial and diplomatic arrangements.

Following is some comment on what people are saying about the latest developments in Hong Kong.

"It would change Hong Kong as we know it today". We'd probably see capital flight and American citizens leaving.

'He said to me that he's displeased with China's efforts and that it's hard to see how Hong Kong remain a financial hub if China takes over, ' press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said at a White House press briefing Tuesday. "There are choices to be made here".

The vote on Thursday, the end of a weeklong session of Beijing's rubber-stamp legislature, the National People's Congress, approved a decision to "establish and enhance the legal framework and enforcement mechanisms for national security" in Hong Kong, state broadcaster China Central Television said. The move could trigger a range of actions by the Trump administration, from sanctions on Chinese officials to revoking the city's special trading status with the U.S. In recent weeks, the President had repeatedly excoriated Chinese officials for trying to cover up COVID-19 when it first emerged late a year ago.

Mr. Pompeo has defied China by cultivating closer ties with Taiwan, which Beijing views as a renegade province.

"Already, global business is facing the pressure of increased tension between the US and China, but the enactment of China's security law for Hong Kong could take the tension to a whole new level", said Tara Joseph, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. In a speech Friday, Prime Minister Li Keqiang omitted the usual qualifier "peaceful" when describing his government's desire to take control of the island.

Pompeo said in past weeks that he had delayed the required report to Congress because they were "closely watching what's going on there".

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