U.S. Revokes Hong Kong’s Special Status as CCP Punishes City-State

In a necessary move for the US to protect its national security interests, on Monday, the US ended exports of U.S.-origin defense equipment to Hong Kong.

Steps are being taken to impose the same restrictions on U.S. defense and dual-use technologies to Hong Kong as it does for China, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

In an immediate response, China said it would retaliate.

Secretary Pompeo said: “We can no longer distinguish between the export of controlled items to Hong Kong or to mainland China. We cannot risk these items falling into the hands of the People’s Liberation Army, whose primary purpose is to uphold the dictatorship of the CCP by any means necessary.”

“U.S. goods and services trade with Hong Kong totaled an estimated $66.9 billion in 2018. Exports were $50.1 billion; imports were $16.8 billion. The U.S. goods and services trade surplus with Hong Kong was $33.4 billion in 2018,” according to the office of the U.S Trade Representative.

The US is reviewing other policies and will take additional measures to reflect what is happening on the ground in Hong Kong.

Through this new legislation, Beijing is eroding the high level of autonomy that Hong Kong was granted when Britain handed Hong Kong over on July 1, 1997. Hong Kong has remained it’s autonomy until now and has long been under “one country, two systems.”

China is rapidly pulling Hong Kong to the motherland now with no differentiation between Mainland China and Hong Kong. This move is pushing them onto a collision course, not only with the U.S, but also with Britain and other Western governments.

The new authoritarian security laws for Hong Kong will punish people for crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. People charged with these crimes can face up to life in prison.

The US Commerce Department afforded Hong Kong special status with preferential treatment over China. This special status included the availability of export license exceptions which is now suspended.

Hong Kong’s special status has been revoked as the U.S refuses to accept the risk that sensitive U.S. technology could be diverted to the People’s Liberation Army or Ministry of State Security.

“Further actions to eliminate differential treatment are also being evaluated. We urge Beijing to immediately reverse course and fulfill the promises it has made to the people of Hong Kong and the world,” said Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

China has vowed to retaliate if Washington moves to impose the restrictions. Zhao Lijian, foreign ministry spokesman, said that the national security legislation is an internal matter for China and that no foreign country had the right to intervene.

“In response to the mistaken US action, China will take necessary countermeasures to firmly defend our own national interests. Intimidating China will never work,” said Zhao.

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