The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has signed an order that narrates to end preferential treatment for Hong Kong, as his administration obtains a challenging take on China.
While announcing this order, Trump said- “Hong Kong will not be treated the same as mainland China.” Source: BBC.
Further, he said that he had signed bipartisan legislation to impose sanctions on Chinese officials who burst out on rights in Hong Kong.
From the past few weeks, the U.S has been pairing back Hong Kong’s status.
On Tuesday, during a media conference at the White House, Trump said- “No special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive technology,” Source: BBC. He gave this statement while giving the media the outline of the order released recently.
Agreed under the 1984’s agreement between the U.K and China, a lot of people witnessed a new security law regulated by Beijing as ending Hong Kong’s special status.
In 1997, The U.K handed back Hong Kong to China, and since then, the severe criticism of the Chinese government is the most sweeping transformation in political history.
While speaking in the Rose Garden, President Trump said that he signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, passing unanimously in Congress. He also said that his actions would hold China accountable for imposing national security law in Hong Kong.
When asked if he has any plans to communicate with the Chinese President Xi Jinping, he refused clearly.
Last Friday, President Trump told the media that a “phase two” trade deal with China was doubtful due to coronavirus. Further, he added, “The relationship with China has been severely damaged,” Source: BBC.
“They could have stopped the plague, they could have stopped it, they didn’t stop it”, President added. Source: BBC.
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