Washington/Beijing, July 15
US President Donald Trump signed into regulation the Hong Kong Autonomy Act on Tuesday and in addition signed an govt order ending US preferential therapy for Hong Kong. Later, China warned that it might “definitely hit back” with sanctions if Washington carried out the Act.
“Today, I signed a legislation and an executive order to hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong,” Trump informed reporters at a White House press convention.
The Hong Kong Autonomy Act was handed unanimously by the Congress, he stated, including that the regulation gave his administration highly effective new instruments to carry accountable the people within the entities concerned in extinguishing Hong Kong’s freedom.
“We have all watched what occurred, not a superb scenario. Their freedom has been taken away, their rights have been taken away and with it goes Hong Kong in my view, as a result of it’ll not be capable to compete with free markets. Lots of people can be leaving Hong Kong I believe and we’re going to do much more enterprise due to it as a result of we simply misplaced one competitor.
The president additionally stated he signed an govt order ending US preferential therapy for Hong Kong.
“Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China. No special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive technologies. In addition to that, as you know, we are placing massive tariffs and have placed very large tariffs on China,” he stated.
Trump stated no administration has been harder on China than his administration. In his prolonged opening remarks, Trump rued that his predecessors “were really a puppet” of China.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying stated, “We urge the US aspect to right its mistake and never implement the so-called ‘Hong Kong Autonomy Act.” — PTI
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