Trump says USA will no longer treat Hong Kong as autonomous region

30 Mai, 2020, 05:26 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Trump says USA will no longer treat Hong Kong as autonomous region

"After its return, the Chinese government's legal basis to administer HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) is our Constitution and the basic law of SAR, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration", he said.

"Every country in the world has a veto at WHO - except now, perhaps the United States will not". When all is said and done, Beijing will have established the means to directly crack down on activities it considers undesirable in the city, including what it interprets as terrorism, separatism, or secessionism.

The Chinese government said on Friday that the United Kingdom could face retaliation if Hong Kongers are offered an eased route to British citizenship following a new national security law introduced by Beijing on the Chinese territory.

The chief diplomats from the English-speaking nations said the undermining of Hong Kong's autonomy would destroy global trust needed to tackle COVID-19. The Hang Seng Index (HSI) reacted negatively, as was to be expected, but what's still notable is the relatively modest downward move.

Thousands of people took to the streets in protest this week and were met with riot police firing pepper pellets, in the first major unrest in Hong Kong since anti-government demonstrations paralysed the city for months past year.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress on Wednesday that Hong Kong is no longer deserving of the preferential trade and commercial status it has enjoyed from the US since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.

He said the State Department would begin warning USA citizens of the threat of surveillance and arrest when visiting the city. For example, Hong Kong would no longer be exempt - as it now is - from the Trump administration's tariffs on Chinese goods.

Beijing has rejected the intervention of the United States and other foreign powers in its Hong Kong policy, which it views as an internal affair.

The U.S., Canada and Australia, which offer English-language education and solid social welfare systems, are among the preferred destinations for emigrants.

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China officially ratified a plan Thursday to write a national security law for Hong Kong that would outlaw secession, subversion and foreign interference in the semi-autonomous territory.

Tsai told the bookstore owner, Lam Wing-kee, that her administration will "provide whatever help it could to our Hong Kong friends".

Demonstrators sit as they were detained during a lunch time protest as a second reading of a controversial national anthem law takes place in Hong Kong, on May 27, 2020.

European Union governments later released a statement that mirrored Borrell's comments.

US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft asked: "Are we going to take the honourable stand to defend the human rights and the dignified way of life that millions of Hong Kong citizens have enjoyed and deserve. or are we going to allow the Chinese Communist Party to violate worldwide law and force its will on the people of Hong Kong?"

China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said it would "guide and support Hong Kong police to stop violence and restore order". In the past decade, the U.S. trade surplus to Hong Kong reached United States dollars 297 billion, he said.

While many in Hong Kong grew frustrated with disruptions from the anti-government protests that turned violent at times, still more have shown with the votes they are able to cast that they favor more, not less democracy.

"So my concerns today are both for our program and ... working on how we improve our funding base for WHO's core budget", Ryan said.

He founded Next Digital, which is considered one of the key remaining bastions of media freedom in Hong Kong.

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