Hong Kong warns removing USA special status a 'double-edged sword'

Hong Kong warns removing USA special status a 'double-edged sword'

Trump said the administration would begin eliminating the "full range" of agreements that had given Hong Kong a relationship with the USA that mainland China lacked, including exemptions from controls on certain exports.

Despite the tough words, the Dow Jones Industrial Average immediately bounced back into the positive, suggesting investors were expecting harsher measures from Washington.

The decision to begin revoking Hong Kong's special status was sparked by growing fears that Beijing is prematurely stamping out freedoms.

"Beijing clearly has calculated that the collateral damage to their interests from a US retaliatory move was going be manageable", said Daniel Russel, a former USA assistant secretary of state for east Asian and Pacific affairs. I think it is an observation which is very fair and very reasonable.

He noted that the USA contributes about $450 million to the world body while China provides about $40 million.

RUWITCH: The president said that the administration would begin the process of getting rid of the various policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment from the rest of China.

A report published by New York Post on Friday said Mr Trump, at press conference in the White House's Rose Garden, accused the World Health Organization "of being under the control of the communist nation (China) and it failed to provide transparency over the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak".

China's central authorities have the absolute right to take action on national security regarding Hong Kong, Cheng told reporters.

He added that the West should promote a stronger response to China's actions, saying that the West had been even more naive with Xi's China than it had with post-Soviet Russia.

Trump has been eager to fan outrage about China to deflect attention from his own handling of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States, the highest number of deaths of any country, according to the critics. While the European Union has also criticized China's actions in Hong Kong, it ruled out the possibility of attempting to punish the country with sanctions earlier this week.

Trump said last week he's considering holding a meeting in the USA with the leaders of the world's major economies after all.

Johnson invited Trump to take part in the Global Vaccine Summit that the U.K.is hosting on 4 June.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, denounced the withdrawal.

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam contends that the freedoms of the press, assembly and speech - long protected in Hong Kong but unthinkable in mainland China - will be maintained after the law is enacted.

"It is said that we are becoming "one country, one system" and we've lost our autonomy", said Cheng.

Now the president has announced a raft of measures on Hong Kong and other issues relating to China that he says are created to hold it accountable.

Trump's announcement came as he delivered a litany of complaints against Beijing, ranging from trade practices to legislative moves that would compromise Hong Kong's autonomy.

Related Articles

  • The live-action Sonic movie is getting a sequel

    The live-action Sonic movie is getting a sequel

    Jeff Fowler is on board to direct, while scripting duties fall to frequent collaborators Pat Casey and Josh Miller. With a $58 million opening at the box office, it was the biggest opening for any video game film ever.
    Boston Marathon cancelled, will be virtual race

    Boston Marathon cancelled, will be virtual race

    In place of the Boston Marathon, the BAA will organize a virtual race, which will happen between September 7 and September 14. The 2021 Boston Marathon is scheduled for 19 April and the 125th anniversary edition is scheduled for 18 April 2022.
    The Case For An Annual Major League Baseball Game In Nebraska

    The Case For An Annual Major League Baseball Game In Nebraska

    Naturally the sellout crowd was impressive - per ESPN, 12 MLB teams currently average fewer than 25,454 fans per game. The game attracted a sellout crowd of 25,454 to TD Ameritrade Park, even though Gordon was sidelined due to injury.
  • We'll Continue to Fact-Check Trump's Misleading Tweets on Voting — Twitter CEO

    We'll Continue to Fact-Check Trump's Misleading Tweets on Voting — Twitter CEO

    The complaints will be sent to the Justice Department (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Scarborough was once friendly with Trump but has become a fierce on-air critic of the president.
    Peter Manfredonia, Suspect in 2 Connecticut Murders, Arrested Unharmed After Uber Rides

    Peter Manfredonia, Suspect in 2 Connecticut Murders, Arrested Unharmed After Uber Rides

    Police identified Manfredonia as the alleged killer of 62-year-old Theodore Demers, who had been attacked with a machete. The 23-year-old girlfriend was located Sunday at a rest stop near Paterson, New Jersey, with her 2016 Volkswagen Jetta.
    Premier League confirms four new positive Covid-19 cases

    Premier League confirms four new positive Covid-19 cases

    Arsenal and Aston Villa at home to Sheffield United will be the first fixtures, taking all teams to 29 matches played. It's previously been widely reported that the Premier League intends to begin the 2020-21 season in September.
  • U.S. Jobless Claims Continue To Rise Past 40 Million

    U.S. Jobless Claims Continue To Rise Past 40 Million

    Additionally, higher-than-normal unemployment checks are keeping a portion of the labor market at home. But other employers are still laying off workers in the face of a deep recession.
    Columbus could host games under NHL's reopening plan

    Columbus could host games under NHL's reopening plan

    Work on the construction site in Elmont, New York, has been paused since March 27, part of a shutdown of non-essential projects. According to Commissioner Bettman, "It depends on what the world looks like", when deciding if play can resume in home arenas.
    BMW 5 Series facelift revealed

    BMW 5 Series facelift revealed

    They are motivated by a 181-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 paired with a 107-hp electric motor for a total of 288 hp, an increase of 40 hp. The synthetic upholstery and contrast stitching trim the dash of the M550i, and can be ordered for the other models.
  • Space X Launch Scrubbed Due To Weather

    Space X Launch Scrubbed Due To Weather

    The SpaceX Falcon 9, with the Dragon capsule on top of the rocket , is raised onto Launch Pad 39A Tuesday at Cape Canaveral , Fla. The next launch window is set for Saturday afternoon, when SpaceX will make a second attempt to send the astronauts into orbit.
    President Trump signs executive order on social media

    President Trump signs executive order on social media

    I expect those companies, and every American who participates in online speech, to resist this illegal act by all possible means. Twitter says common reasons for suspending accounts are abusive tweets and spam - not the censoring of political opinions.
    John Boyega defends anti-racism tweets in passionate video

    John Boyega defends anti-racism tweets in passionate video

    In another tweet , Boyega said his mother had praised him in response to his comments. But a black man was just murdered in cold blood, in the streets, Stateside, again.