Pompeo says Hong Kong did not guarantee special treatment before 1997
WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he told Congress that Hong Kong no longer required special treatment under U.S. law, just as when the area was still subject to British law until July 1997.
According to Pompeo’s statement, China’s plan to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong is “only in a series of recent actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedom.”
“Today, no reasonable person can claim that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given the facts on the ground,” he said.
“After a thorough study of developments during the reporting period, I have demonstrated to today’s Congress that Hong Kong still does not justify treatment under U.S. law, just as U.S. law was applied to Hong Kong before July 1997.” Pompeo said.
“It is now clear that China is modeling Hong Kong on its own,” he added.
The “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act,” approved last year by the U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump, requires the State Department to certify at least annually that the former British colony maintains sufficient autonomy to justify the favorable U.S. trade conditions that have helped maintain in the country. the situation of the world financial center.
Accordingly, those responsible for human rights violations in Hong Kong may be subject to penalties, including visa restrictions and asset freezes.
Now it is up to Trump to decide whether or not to end the economic privileges that Hong Kong currently enjoys.
Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. is pushing for a strong response to China’s planned national security legislation in Hong Kong and it will be announced by the end of the week.