Trump targets China again, this time stripping Hong Kong of special privileges

President signs Hong Kong Autonomy Act and executive order stripping special treatment for Hong Kong

Updated: July 15, 2020 - 9:31am

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President Trump on Tuesday signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act and issued an executive order ending special U.S. treatment that had been afforded to Hong Kong.

"Today I signed legislation and an executive order to hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong," the president said. "This law gives my administration powerful new tools to hold responsible the individuals and the entities involved in extinguishing Hong Kong's freedom," he said about the Hong Kong Autonomy Act.

Many believe that Hong Kong's autonomy from Beijing is endangered by a new national security law.

"Today I also signed an executive order ending U.S. preferential treatment 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," Trump said.

The Associated Press said that the president's administration has already been working toward stripping Hong Kong of special treatment.



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