Donald Trump Gave The Order To End Hong Kong’s Preferential Trade Status: “They Will Be Treated Like The Rest Of China”

Donald Trump (REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst)

United States President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday the end of preferential treatment for Hong Kong and said he has already signed the sanctions law to penalize Chinese officials who apply new security rules in the former British colony.

“Today, I signed the legislation and executive order to hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong,” Trump said at a press conference.

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In addition, the President of the United States predicted that “many people” will leave Hong Kong, due to the open crisis in recent months, and announced that he did not speak to his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and that he has no intention of doing so either.

Donald Trump at a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House (REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst)

“Now Hong Kong is going to be treated the same as mainland China,” Trump added at a press conference, detailing that the former British colony is going to lose privileges, such as special economic treatment and access to sensitive technology exports.

Beijing passed a security law to toughen punishments for activities deemed subversive in Hong Kong after the former colony underwent massive mobilizations against mainland Chinese power last year.

According to several activists, this law ends with the freedoms that make Hong Kong one of the main financial centers in the world.

In early July, the US Congress passed a law to penalize Chinese officials who enforce the new security rules against Hong Kong, and which also affects banks that have significant transactions with them.

This week, more than half a million people have participated in Hong Kong’s opposition primary elections, a record participation interpreted as a response to the controversial National Security Law recently imposed by Beijing on the intended autonomous region, according to its critics, to annihilate dissent.

Hong Kong, people walking down the street with a chinstrap. (Photo: Liau Chung-Ren / ZUMA Wire / dpa)

The objective of these elections was to elect qualified candidates to obtain the majority of seats (35 or more) in the September Legislative Council elections, which would grant them an extraordinary defense mechanism to protect themselves from the impositions of Beijing.

Three million people flocked to polling stations on November 24 for the 2019 Hong Kong District Council elections, resulting in a landslide victory for the opposition, which gained control of 17 of the 18 District Councils.

The broad new national security law China has imposed in Hong Kong with the aim of ending opposition to the ruling Communist Party in the former British colony is as “devastating” as some critics feared, a Wednesday said June 1. human rights activist.

Conceived in secret and passed on June 30 without significant comment from Hong Kong authorities, the law establishes a vast security apparatus in the territory and grants Beijing broad powers to suppress a variety of political crimes, including separatism and collusion. .

With information from AFP

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