Pompeo: Hong Kong is no longer eligible for special treatment under US law

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in testimony before the US Congress, said on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, that Hong Kong is no longer eligible for special treatment under US laws, as it was while it was under British law before July 1997 .

"No sane person can confirm today that Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy from China, given the facts on the ground," Pompeo added in a statement, which received "Jerusalem".

The White House had warned Tuesday that Hong Kong could lose its position as an international financial center, if China imposed in the city its controversial national security project, and subsequently deprived it of its autonomy.

In turn, spokeswoman for President Trump, Kyle McKinney, said that "it is difficult to imagine how Hong Kong could remain a financial capital if China took control" of the former British colony.

She confirmed that this warning was issued by President Donald Trump himself in light of his "dissatisfaction" with the Beijing project.

On Sunday, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien revealed that Washington would likely impose sanctions on China if it applied the National Security Law that would give it more control over the autonomous Hong Kong.

The draft of the new legislation was announced on Friday during the annual session of the Chinese parliament.

Hong Kong has faced months of violent protests against the government, and it has ignited a bill to extradite the wanted people to the Chinese authorities.

The Chinese draft resolution says that the principle of the two systems of one country "has achieved unprecedented success in Hong Kong, but the increasingly noticeable national security risks in the city have become a prominent problem" adding that the activities "seriously challenged the basic line of the principle (one country, two systems), and appended Damage to the rule of law and threatened national sovereignty, security and development interests, "according to the Xinhua News Agency.

But O'Brien said the draft legislation represented control of Hong Kong, warning that the move would lead to sanctions against China under the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019.

 

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