HKSAR says U.S. Administration statements completely false and ignore facts

Pro-China supporters hit the effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump outside the U.S. Consulate during a protest in Hong Kong Saturday

"They broke their word to the world on ensuring the autonomy of Hong Kong", Mr Trump said from the White House, where he also blamed China for a "cover up" of the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump told reporters at the White House that China's move was a tragedy for the world, but he gave no timetable for the moves - leaving Hong Kong residents, businesses and officials to ponder just how far his administration will go. The government responded by saying that only UK citizens and certain Commonwealth citizens had the right of abode in the UK and cited a 2007 review which said giving BNO holders full citizenship would be a breach of the agreement under which the UK handed Hong Kong back to China.

Most recently, President Trump has announced that he would block Hong Kong's trading privileges after China's ceremonial parliament voted to bypass the semi-autonomous territory in enacting national security legislation.

A new round of anti-mainland unrest has started in Hong Kong as opposition has gathered momentum against the anthem bill, which would criminalise insulting China's national anthem, and the security law, which many fear will take away Hong Kong of basic freedoms.

The mouthpiece newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party said Saturday that the USA decision to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong "grossly interferes" in China's internal affairs and is "doomed to fail".

This could lead to Hong Kong being treated the same as mainland China under United States law, which would have major implications for its trade hub status.

Trump's decision to remove policy exemptions could cause Hong Kong's status as a financial hub to decline. He served as the top USA diplomat in Hong Kong until summer 2019.

"China has replaced its promised formula of one country, two systems, with one country, one system", he said.

Amesh A. Adalja, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said that in practice Trump's decision was unlikely to change the operations of the WHO.

More than 1,300 U.S. companies have offices in Hong Kong and provide about 100,000 jobs.

Pro-democracy activists from left Joshua Wong Nathan Law and Agnes Chow attend a press conference in Hong Kong Saturday
Trump moves to scrap Hong Kong special treatment, cuts ties with WHO

"President Trump's decision on the World Health Organization is really unproductive and damaging".

SIMON HARRIS has spoken out against Donald Trump's "awful decision" to terminate America's relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Such attempts to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs would not scare the Chinese people and were doomed not to succeed, it said, without explicitly naming the United States. The post was trending on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, on Saturday.

In regard to the sanctions and trade restrictions against Hong Kong, the government believes they're not justified.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., praised Trump's decision.

"The baton of sanctions that the United States is brandishing will not scare Hong Kong and will not bring China down", China's Communist Party mouthpiece, the People's Daily, wrote in a commentary. "I applaud the Trump administration for taking this hard but necessary step to protect American interests and pressure Beijing to honor its commitment to Hong Kongers and their freedoms".

At the same press briefing, Trump blasted the World Health Organization, which he has repeatedly criticized for serving as a Chinese "puppet" and pushing the country's "misinformation" about the coronavirus outbreak.

Tong takes a long view on dealing with China and says the USA should aim for making gradual progress instead of trying to "fix everything today".

In January, the USA and China agreed to a "Phase One" trade deal, with Beijing buying $200 billion in US agricultural and other goods over the next two years.

The move came amid increasing federal action targeting IP theft at USA research and academic institutions.


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