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Pompeo: Hong Kong No Longer Autonomous From Communist China

Pompeo: Hong Kong No Longer Autonomous From Communist China

“No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has notified Congress that the United States no longer considers Hong Kong autonomous from Communist China, paving the way for Washington to revoke the specialized trade and financial status it enjoys since coming under Beijing’s rule in 1997.

“Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as U.S. laws were applied to Hong Kong before July 1997,” Pompeo said on Wednesday. “No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground,” he added.

The announcement by the U.S. State Department comes at a time when the Chinese Communist Party is imposing sweeping “security” laws undermining the democratic freedoms and the rule of law traditionally enjoyed by the people of the territory under the British administration, which ended almost 23 years ago.

The decision by the U.S. could end the era of property, which began in the post-war years under British rule. Pro-China Hong Kong administrators could face U.S. sanctions following the State Department’s decision.

“Hong Kong stocks fell after the Trump administration said it could no longer certify the former colony’s political autonomy from China, spurring concern the US will impose sanctions and other measures,” The Irish Times reported. “Mr Pompeo’s decision opens the door for a range of options, from visa restrictions and asset freezes for top officials to possibly imposing tariffs on goods coming from the former British colony,” the newspaper noted.

Reuters news agency reported Secretary Pompeo’s remarks:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress on Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer qualifies for its special status under U.S. law, potentially dealing a crushing blow to its status as a major financial hub.

China had undermined Hong Kong’s autonomy so fundamentally, Pompeo said, that he could not support its recertification for its special pre-1997 trading status.

China’s plan for new security legislation triggered protests in the territory, and it now falls to President Donald Trump to decide to end some, all or none of the U.S. economic privileges the territory enjoys.

While Pompeo made no recommendations in his statement, Trump has a long list of possible responses, including visa and economic sanctions, David Stilwell, the State Department’s assistant secretary for East Asia, told reporters.

People familiar with the matter told Reuters the Trump administration was considering suspending Hong Kong’s preferential tariff rates for exports to the United States as part of its response to China’s plan.

Trump could also opt for targeted sanctions against Chinese officials, government entities and businesses involved in enforcing the new legislation, according one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

China’s National People’s Congress, the country’s Communist-controlled top legislative body, passed a draft resolution approving a series of security laws bypassing the sovereignty of the Hong Kong parliament. The new set of laws, which give pro-China Hong Kong authorities power to curtail freedoms and crush popular dissent, violate the autonomy promised by Beijing under the “one country, two systems” policy while acquiring the territory.

Hong Kong became one of the world’s busiest ports and a global financial hub under British rule. That prosperity is now under threat from Chinese expansionism.

“China’s move to further absorb Hong Kong will have [a] small direct economic effect, but will damage [the] city’s status as an international hub in long term,” the leading Hong Kong daily South China Morning Post commented.

Communist China is consolidating its grip at home and projecting its military power abroad since the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic began late last year. Chinese ruler Xi Jinping recently announced that China is stepping up preparations for a military showdown in the region.

“It is necessary to step up preparations for armed combat, to flexibly carry out actual combat military training, and to improve our military’s ability to perform military missions,” Xi Jinping said.

Pro-Beijing officials are leading a clampdown on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. In recent months, China’s People Liberation Army has repeatedly violated Taiwan’s airspace, a free country Beijing regards as part of its territory. Chinese troops moved into Indian territory at multiple locations along the Himalayan-Tibetan border over the weekend, Indian newspapers reported.

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Don’t you dare tell me that no one saw this coming. The ChiComs, if allowed, will not stop until the run the world. I would be surprised if they don’t have a hundred year plan to do that.

    Mark in reply to Romey. | May 28, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Those of us who are sane knew this would happen before it was even signed. When did people start believing that Communists are our friends?

      The people in our country who believe the communists are our friends, are paid: directly, or indirectly.

      It’s that simple.

      Imagine, if in 1939, if it became apparent that Hitler bought-off the US news media, hollywood, the democrat party, most of the GOPe, half of the GOP, our schools, etc??

      Hitler was a fascist. Stalin was a fascist. Mao was a fascist. Xi is cut from the same cloth.

      Unlike Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Xi has learned that power comes out of the wallet as much as the barrel of a gun.

      The epidemic of treason in our country dwarfs any plague.

WW3 looking pretty inevitable

China has been preparing for it for 30 years and it’s about to come to fruition

We better get our pharmaceuticals and PPE’s moved over here pronto, shits getting real

This has to be quick and filled with horror, nukes raining from the rafters, first strike. If we let them shoot first, we will lose.

This is for all the marbles

    The next “war” will be within our borders.

    China and Russia will watch from the sidelines, marveling how easy it was to corrupt and then destroy America from within.

TheOldZombie | May 28, 2020 at 12:16 pm

It’s time to get ready. We need to move everything out of China. Especially our medical stuff.

We also need to expel from the United States all Chinese nationals either going to school or working. They are almost all conducting industrial spying or we are training them with knowledge to use against us.

China needs to be treated like the USSR. We need to get other countries to also help us treat China like the USSR.

    gonzotx in reply to TheOldZombie. | May 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Your speaking of another time when leaders of Countries had morals and honor

      It wasn’t so easy to bribe so many people so widely and so easily in prior history.

      Soros was a game-changer. He was the second worst traitor in American history, behind that scumbag barack obama.

      Benedict Arnold was merely a Royalist.

OwenKellogg-Engineer | May 28, 2020 at 12:45 pm

Communism, whether Soviet, Chinese, or Cuban,is just organized crime disguised as ‘government’ Socialism is a fluffier version to get to the same end. If that becomes better understood, and acted on accordingly,then there might be a chance to survive the ongoing tidal wave of greed, envy, power, and corruption that goes along with those forms of ‘government’

broomhandle | May 28, 2020 at 1:41 pm

Would harsh economic sanctions combined with moving our international business away from China have a significant impact on China’s ability to expand and maintain tain an effective military? I think it would take a pretty long time even if many of our allies do it, too.

BierceAmbrose | May 29, 2020 at 3:27 pm

Well Hong Kong protested and objected for a few years: “If running the laws n prosecution is off in Bejing, we’re not so aunomous, are we?”

And now that the CCP has pulled the trigger on Tianammen II, it’s just a fact: Hong Kong is no longer autonomous.