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Australia Australia refuses to join Trump's punishment of China over Hong Kong

14:51  15 july  2020
14:51  15 july  2020 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

Communist China has begun ‘cancelling’ pro-democracy books in Hong Kong

  Communist China has begun ‘cancelling’ pro-democracy books in Hong Kong Sky News host Paul Murray says China is now “cancelling books” in Hong Kong rooted in democracy because the content may lead to a political outcome Beijing does not want. The communist Chinese government formally passed draconian national security laws last week which would criminalise acts of sedition and secession with a penalty of jail time in China.Beijing has now moved to begin removing pro-democracy books from public libraries and online services in Hong Kong.“As we speak China has basically fully taken back Hong Kong”.

President Donald Trump said he was acting because China had taken away Hong Kong 's freedom after it imposed a new security law. Beijing condemned Mr Trump ' s decision, saying it would impose sanctions on relevant people and entities in the US. US- China ties have become increasingly strained

Mr Trump said he had also signed bipartisan legislation to impose sanctions on Chinese officials who crack down on rights in Hong Kong . The US has been paring back Hong Kong ' s special status over the last few weeks. "No special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive


  Australia refuses to join Trump's punishment of China over Hong Kong © AAP

Australia is refusing to join the United States and amend its free trade agreement with Hong Kong after Washington terminated its special status, penalised officials and designated the former British colony as wholly part of China.

Days of ricocheting sanctions between the two superpowers culminated in US President Donald Trump signing an executive order on Wednesday that will treat Hong Kong passport holders the same as those from the People's Republic of China, challenging its status as an independent global financial hub.

Beijing converts a Hong Kong hotel into a new national security office

 Beijing converts a Hong Kong hotel into a new national security office © Tyrone Siu, Reuters Installation of the storefront of the new national security office in a hotel in Hong Kong, July 8, 2020. China opened Wednesday in A Hong Kong hotel has offices that will allow its security agents to act openly for the first time in the former British colony, under the new national security law imposed last week.

Donald Trump says he will end Hong Kong ' s special status with the US over China ' s new security law. President Donald Trump has announced that he will start to end preferential treatment for Hong Kong in trade and travel, in response to a new security law pushed by Beijing.

Trump announced the signing of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act during a press conference on Tuesday, a law he said will sanction Chinese individuals and organizations involved in “extinguishing Hong Kong ’ s freedom.” The bill is joined by a new executive order stripping Hong Kong of its special

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said on Wednesday that the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement signed last year provided certainty and transparency for Australian businesses trading and investing in Hong Kong.

"We continue to monitor developments in Hong Kong so as to act in accordance with Australia's values and interests," he said.

The Greens and the crossbench are considering whether to launch a Senate inquiry into the deal amid concerns it amounts to an implicit approval of Beijing's new national security laws, which criminalise actions that undermine the Chinese state with sentences of up to life in prison.

The chairman of the Australia China Business Council David Olsson said on Wednesday that "a forced diversion of trade away" from China will always come at a cost to business and, by extension, the community.

China’s looking to ‘hurt Australia in revenge’ for Hong Kong: Bolt

  China’s looking to ‘hurt Australia in revenge’ for Hong Kong: Bolt Sky News host Andrew Bolt says China will stop at nothing to hurt Australia in revenge, meanwhile the US looks set to vote in a new President who is “out of his wits”. “China, increasingly aggressive and hysterical, challenging the whole world, (while) America is led by a man who can’t think straight; there is one terrifying thought”.It comes as the federal government has warned Australians against travelling to China as well as Hong Kong over the potential of arbitrary arrest.

Trump blasts China over Hong Kong national security law. Australia closes border between two most populous states. "This week China unilaterally imposed control over Hong Kong security," Trump said Friday, calling it "a plain violation of Beijing' s treaty obligations with the United Kingdom."

Trump signs order targeting China over Hong Kong . And while growing tensions between the US and China are likely to make Hong Kong less attractive in many respects there are also several reason that the city may remain popular with foreign businesses.

"We need to deal with the world as it is," he said. "In the near to medium term, it is difficult to envisage how any other market can offer the same breadth and depth of opportunity to Australian exporters as China."

The US measures follow weeks of rising diplomatic tension over the political and commercial future of the semi-autonomous region.

Facebook, Zoom, Microsoft, Google have said they will ignore data requests under the new laws and The New York Times on Wednesday announced it would relocate its Hong Kong-based digital news operation to Seoul. Hong Kong-based multinationals including HSBC and Swire Group signed on before the laws were legislated after 15 months of protests over Beijing's rising influence rocked the city.

The big four banks, Macquarie Group, the University of Wollongong, RMIT and hundreds of small businesses run by up to 100,000 Australian migrants all have a presence in the city and are set to be exposed to the economic impact of US capital moving out of the historic bridge between the East and the West.

Australia 'must take' Hong Kong residents seeking to escape communist China: Bishop

  Australia 'must take' Hong Kong residents seeking to escape communist China: Bishop Sky News host Paul Murray says “Australia is standing up for the rights of those who have been trampled in Hong Kong” as China moves to end the one country two systems framework. Under new legislation, Hong Kong residents could be arrested for criticising the communist regime, with some protestors already charged for carrying pro-independence flags and signs. The federal cabinet met on Wednesday to discuss potentially offering Hong Kong nationals who fear political persecution a safe haven visa, following a similar move from the United Kingdom.

, Trump signs bill to sanction Chinese officials over Hong Kong . Trump approved the legislation on Tuesday after spending weeks blaming Beijing for the coronavirus pandemic and criticizing its handling of Hong Kong and treatment of minority groups in western China .

President Trump has announced that he signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act to hold China accountable for its treatment of Hong Kong as well as an executive order to stop Hong Kong from receiving preferential trade status.

The details of the US executive order, released for the first time on Wednesday afternoon, also show Fulbright education scholarships will terminated, license exceptions for exports to Hong Kong will be revoked, and Hong Kong police and those involved in cracking down on protesters will not be able to enter the United States.

"Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China," Mr Trump said.

Beijing has been battling to contain the economic fallout of its assertive diplomacy on several fronts after the UK on Wednesday formally announced it would block Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from participating in its 5G network and ordered all existing components removed by 2027 over national security concerns.

Australia banned the Shenzhen company in 2018 and the US has been aggressively lobbying other countries to follow suit.

Huawei's chief technology officer Paul Scanlan said on Wednesday the decision was unfortunate.

"How else would we put it? Our company's been caught up in geopolitical nonsense," he said. "[Huawei founder] Ren [Zhengfei] said a year and a half ago that we're like a little sesame seed caught between two dinosaurs here."

Hong Kong Book Fair postponed amid spike in coronavirus cases

  Hong Kong Book Fair postponed amid spike in coronavirus cases Hong Kong Book Fair postponed amid spike in coronavirus casesThe Hong Kong Trade Development Council said the fair, which draws one million visitors annually, will be rescheduled at a later, unspecified date. Three other July fairs and expos were postponed.

President Trump has announced that he signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act to hold China accountable for its treatment of Hong Kong as well as an executive order to stop Hong Kong from receiving preferential trade status.

President Trump has announced that he signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act to hold China accountable for its treatment of Hong Kong as well as an executive order to stop Hong Kong from receiving preferential trade status.

With Zoe Samios


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