Donald Trump promises Beijing’s answer

Dissatisfied with the national security legislation China wants to impose on Hong Kong, the US president said on Tuesday that a response would be announced before the end of the week.

Donald Trump again threatened Beijing on Tuesday, May 26. Without going into details, the president said he was preparing to take action against China this week because of China’s desire to introduce national security legislation in Hong Kong.

Asked about the possibility of sanctions against Chinese officials – as US parliamentarians demanded – Donald Trump assured him that he was preparing “something right now.” “You will find it interesting. But I will not talk about it today,” Donald Trump said. “You will hear about it (…) before the end of the week – something strong,” he continued.

Earlier today, the White House spokesman said the president was dissatisfied with the Beijing bill. Donald Trump hardly sees “how Hong Kong can remain a financial hub if China takes control,” Kayleigh McEnany told reporters.

Contempt for the Chinese anthem

This documentation has further weakened the connections between the first two world powers, already stretched to the limit of coronavirus management.

On Friday, the Chinese Central Government presented to Parliament a highly controversial text aimed at banning “treason, isolation, sedition and subversion” in Hong Kong, which is again setting fire to powder in the semi-autonomous region. It must be examined on Thursday and Beijing has asked for its application “without delay”.

Beijing’s response after months of massive and often violent protests in Hong Kong in 2019, is also a response to the local authorities’ inability to adopt this text that had already sparked protests in the past.

Many Hong Kongers see it as the most serious violation of the “one country, two systems” principle that is intended to guarantee them until 2047 freedoms unknown elsewhere in China. A concern shared by some Western capitals and foreign investors, as illustrated on Friday, the strongest stable on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in five years.

On Wednesday, the local parliament will consider another bill that criminalizes contempt for the Chinese anthem. The police have already strengthened the protective measures surrounding this complex, which in June was the starting point for the dispute.

With Reuters and AFP