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World Donald Trump sanctions China by revoking the special status of Hong Kong

12:50  30 may  2020
12:50  30 may  2020 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

Hong Kong: Activists call for demonstration against national security legislation

 Hong Kong: Activists call for demonstration against national security legislation HONG-KONG-EVENT: Hong Kong: Activists call for demonstration against national security legislation © Reuters / Willy Kurniawan HONG KONG: ACTIVITIES CALL FOR DEMONSTRATION AGAINST NATIONAL SECURITY LEGISLATION HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong activists called to protest Friday against Beijing's plans to impose national security legislation in the semi-autonomous city, raising concerns concerns about its freedoms and its status as a global financial center.

President Donald Trump said he will revoke Hong Kong ’s special status with the United States, including a reversal of tariff benefits and the potential for sanctions against Chinese and Hong Kong authorities in Hong Kong .

President Donald Trump has discussed punishing China ’s financial sector through targeted sanctions and trade measures in retaliation for Beijing’s moves to curb Hong Kong ’s autonomy -- but won’t withdraw from his “phase one” trade deal with the country, according to people familiar with the matter.

The American president has carried out the threats he has been waging for several days. The President said that China violated the Hong Kong autonomy agreement by passing the National Security Law.

  Donald Trump sanctionne la Chine en révoquant le statut spécial de Hong Kong © Provided by Franceinfo

Tension is mounting between Washington and Beijing. At a press conference in the White House on Friday May 29, Donald Trump announced that the United States would end the exemptions granted to Hong Kong as part of its now questioned special relationship with the United States . China "has not kept its word given to the world to ensure the autonomy of Hong Kong", launched the American president from the gardens of the White House, during a declaration with a firm tone but limited in details.

Pompeo criticizes China's Hong Kong plans as arbitrary and catastrophic

 Pompeo criticizes China's Hong Kong plans as arbitrary and catastrophic © Reuters / POOL New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the State Department in Washington (Reuters) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sharply criticized China's plans for a so-called security law for Hong Kong. He condemned Friday's move as one-sided and arbitrary. At the same time, he signaled that the US could cancel its special economic treatment in Hong Kong if the People's Republic implemented its plans.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was directing his administration to begin the process of eliminating special treatment for Hong Kong , in response He said its move against Hong Kong was a tragedy for the people of Hong Kong , China and the world. “We will take action to revoke Hong

Donald Trump says he will end Hong Kong 's special status with the US over China 's new security law. Mr Trump said sanctions would be imposed on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who were believed by Washington to be involved in eroding the territory's autonomy.

It is a tragedy for the people of Hong Kong, for China, and for the whole world.

Donald Trump to the press

This statement comes in an explosive climate: the Republican billionaire has raised his voice in recent weeks by accusing Beijing of being responsible for the spread of coronavirus across the planet, and has promised reprisals.

The United States has been denouncing for several days the controversial national security law that Beijing wants to impose on Hong Kong. They believe it is a disguised way of muzzling the Hong Kong opposition and cutting corners, which China firmly denies.

"I ask my government to launch the process of eliminating the exemptions which grant Hong Kong a special status, launched Donald Trump. This decision will have an impact on all the agreements that we have with Hong Kong".

China warns US of countermeasures over Hong Kong trading threats

  China warns US of countermeasures over Hong Kong trading threats Beijing has warned the US that it will take "every necessary measure" to protect its interests after a top White House advisor warned that Washington might revoke Hong Kong's special trading privileges if China enacts a tough new security law. China plans to impose legislation on the semi-autonomous city that bans treason, subversion and sedition, officials said in response to months of massive, often-violent pro-democracy protests in the financial hub last year.

DONALD TRUMP has ordered his administration to suspend the entry of Chinese nationals identified as security Mr Trump also said he was directing his administration to begin the process of eliminating special treatment for Hong We will take action to revoke Hong Kong 's preferential treatment. He said its move against Hong Kong was a tragedy for the people of Hong Kong , China and the world.

Donald Trump says the US will revoke special trade privileges for Hong Kong and sanction officials from the territory and mainland China after Beijing It was unclear how many Chinese citizens would be affected by the action. He also announced that he would revoke Hong Kong ’s preferential status

The retrocession of Hong Kong was done in the name of the principle "One country, two systems" which allowed the territory to preserve unknown liberties in mainland China, in particular a free economy, independent justice, freedom of expression and a Parliament partially elected by universal suffrage. These exemptions have led many countries, such as the United States, to pass laws authorizing them to treat Hong Kong as a commercial entity separate from the authoritarian Chinese regime.

Chinese students targeted

Showing his desire to better secure university research "vital for the country", the American president signed a decree suspending the entry of "certain Chinese nationals", students, identified as "potential risks" to national security of the United States. "For years, the Chinese government has been spying to steal our industrial secrets," he said. According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), Chinese are the most numerous foreign students in the United States, with nearly 370,000 of them in 2018-2019, or a third of the total.

In Hong Kong, the local government has hinted that there will be a reaction. "Sanctions are not always unilateral and our country [China] has said that we will implement countermeasures," said Homeland Security chief John Lee on Saturday.

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Hong Kong: Lam denounces the double language of foreign governments .
HONG-KONG-EVENTS-PHOTO-TV: Hong Kong: Lam denounces the double language of foreign governments © Reuters / Tyrone Siu HONG KONG: LAM DENOUNCES THE DOUBLE LANGUAGE OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong executive chief Carrie Lam has accused foreign governments of double talk in China's plans to toughen semi-homeland security laws autonomous, highlighting the violent demonstrations which are shaking the United States.

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