United States to eliminate special treatment of Hong Kong

Yolanda Curtis
May 30, 2020

Diplomats said China's U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun accused the USA and United Kingdom of meddling in the country's internal affairs and making baseless accusations that the law risks curtailing freedoms guaranteed in the December 1984 Sino-British agreement that led to the 1997 handover of the British colony to China.

"The improvements of the current legal framework and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at the state level is legitimate and imperative to safeguard China's national sovereignty and security".

While bashing China for "having total control" over the international organization that is based in Geneva, Trump said that because of its refusal to submit to reforms demanded by the White House, "we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs".

The law will alter Hong Kong's mini-constitution, or Basic Law, to require the territory to enforce measures to be decided by the NPC's standing committee, a small body controlled by the governing party that handles most legislative work.

China says the legislation will aim to tackle secession, subversion, "terrorism" and foreign interference in the city but the plan, unveiled in Beijing last week, triggered the first big protests in Hong Kong for months. Trump said the USA would be "redirecting" the money to "other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs", without providing specifics.

Washington will impose sanctions on mainland and Hong Kong officials "directly or indirectly involved in eroding Hong Kong's autonomy", said the president.

The United States calls on the Security Council and all 193 U.N. member states to join in demanding that China "reverse course and honor its obligation to this institution & Hong Kong's people", Craft tweeted. His testimony was a step toward rolling back trade privileges the city receives from the U.S.

Pompeo's notice to the US Congress added Hong Kong to the Trump administration's increasing conflicts with China over trade, technology, religious freedom, Chinese handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the status of Taiwan, the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its territory.

Earlier on Friday, the U.S. and U.K. informally raised the Hong Kong issue at the United Nations Security Council.

Dave Stilwell, assistant secretary of state, said Wednesday that the State Department "will do our best to ensure the people of Hong Kong are not adversely affected to the best we can". "China Joint Declaration", Jonathan Allen, U.K. charge d'affaires to the United Nations, said in a statement.

In Beijing, Zhao called the moves "utter nonsense" and accused the US of "making trouble out of nothing".

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