US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said before the congress Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer enjoys the autonomy of Beijing which allows it to have favorable trade status.
This is the first US response to the controversial Hong Kong “national security” law that the Chinese parliament is about to vote on. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, May 27, said before the congress that the former British colony no longer enjoyed the promised autonomy from Beijing, and therefore could not continue to enjoy trade privileges with the United States.
Today, I reported to Congress that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China, given the facts on the ground. The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong.
– Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 27, 2020
“No reasonable person can claim today that Hong Kong retains a high degree of autonomy from China, based on facts on the ground,” he said in a statement.
Mike Pompeo again denied China’s intention to “unilaterally and arbitrarily” implement the “national security” law.
“This disastrous decision by Beijing is just the latest in a long list of documents that fundamentally undermines Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms and the promises China itself made to the people of Hong Kong” in the framework of international texts, he estimated.
According to a law passed last year by the United States Congress, the Secretary of State was required to “certify” whether the territory still enjoyed its autonomy. He therefore decided that this was not the case.
“I have confirmed to Congress that Hong Kong does not continue to deserve the same treatment” as Washington has granted it so far, he said. This should call into question the preferential trade status granted to the former British colony because of its autonomy.