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What could losing United States 'special status' mean for Hong Kong?

What could losing United States 'special status' mean for Hong Kong?”

"It is said that we are becoming "one country, one system" and we've lost our autonomy", said Cheng.

The State Department outraged Chinese leaders last week by declaring that USA leaders officially assess that Hong Kong no longer enjoys the legal and economic freedom the Chinese government promised it would tolerate when Great Britain gave the territory back to Beijing back in 1997.

Speaking hours after Trump said the city no longer warranted economic privileges and some officials could face sanctions, security minister John Lee told reporters that Hong Kong's government could not be threatened and would push ahead with the new laws.

"I certainly hope the Canadian government, the USA, the British, the Australians, I hope they will all speak out", said Lau, who is the former chairperson of the Hong Kong Democratic Party.

On 29 May, US President Donald Trump declared that "Hong Kong is no longer sufficiently autonomous to warrant the special treatment that we have afforded the territory" and is therefore subject to a number of restrictions. As a result, he said the territory no longer warranted U.S. economic privileges.

Trump said on Friday that the USA response would "affect the full range of agreements we have with Hong Kong", including the territory's special trade status.

Raab has so far coordinated his global response to China's actions with Canada, Australia and the US, and a joint US-UK effort to raise the issue at a virtual meeting of the United Nations security council was blocked by China on the grounds that it represented interference with its internal affairs.

We've got an extradition treaty with Hong Kong, agreements on dual-use technology exports.

Across the Internet in China, commentators and ordinary people alike co-opted a phrase House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) used to describe the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong a year ago: that the protests were "a attractive sight to behold".

It'll eventually lose trust and the favorable opinion of the Hong Kong people, and it's swimming against the tides of history here.

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In today's White House speech, Trump said "China has total control over the World Health Organization", despite paying the organisation a fraction of what the U.S. does.

Bill Bishop, a respected China-watcher who publishes the Sinocism newsletter, agreed that China's leaders had decided that Hong Kong's political security and the territory's "place in the Motherland" were more important than whatever increase in U.S.

"They broke their word to the world on ensuring the autonomy of Hong Kong", Mr Trump said from the White House, where he also blamed China for a "cover up" of the coronavirus outbreak.

"What Xi has demonstrated so far is that unless you stand up to bullies they go on bullying you", he said. But thousands of Hong Kong protesters have defied Beijing in recent months. Demonstrators are expected to take to the streets on Sunday.

The president said Washington would also impose sanctions on individuals seen as responsible for "smothering - absolutely smothering - Hong Kong's freedom". Other than that, the Global Times - which is a nationalist tabloid newspaper run by the Communist Party - had an editorial basically saying the U.S.is gambling by taking these measures. Also the impact of decoupling on the dollar's status should also be considered as Hong Kong uses the USA dollar as its reserve currency. Those tariffs would penalize American exporters more than Hong Kong businesses.

Now with Beijing's power grab in Hong Kong, continental states issue weak statements of concern while seeking dialogue to constrain Chinese actions in the city-state and its broader efforts to establish tributary relationships with countries where Beijing pours aid.

SIMON HARRIS has spoken out against Donald Trump's "awful decision" to terminate America's relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Mr. Zeman, who has lived in Hong Kong for decades, said that over time he has seen cycles of events where some companies might exit - such as in 1989 after the Tiananmen Square massacre or in 1997 when China reclaimed sovereignty from Britain.

"For years, the government of China has conducted illicit espionage to steal our industrial secrets, of which there are many", he said.



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