The misconduct of the Chinese Communist Party towards pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong has gotten so out of hand that President Trump has been forced to take extreme action to punish China.
Trump announced on Tuesday that he has signed an executive order ending Hong Kong’s special trade status because it is no longer “autonomous” from China.
Ending Hong Kong’s special status, while counter-intuitive, will increase pressure on China by striking a major blow to its economy. China has been using Hong Kong’s special status as a loophole to get around economic sanctions targeted at Beijing, but the status was predicated on Hong Kong’s autonomy. The oppressive regime will no longer be able to take advantage of that loophole, thanks to Trump’s order.
Additionally, Trump signed legislation passed by Congress in early July that increases sanctions on Chinese officials and financial institutions that undermine the autonomy of Hong Kong or suppress the rights of Hong Kong residents.
Both the legislation and executive orders were prompted by the passage of a new “national security law” in July that “[criminalizes] activities they defined as secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and collusion with foreign entities. China’s new laws were widely seen as a way to crush recent protests for freedom in Hong Kong.”
Pro-Democracy activists in Hong Kong have been targeted by the Chinese government and pro-Beijing Hong Kong officials, and their rights are being increasingly trampled-upon.
President Trump promised that the administration will “hold China accountable for its aggressive actions against the people of Hong Kong.”
The Chinese government furiously declared that counter-sanctions will be enacted against the US after Trump’s Tuesday announcement, insisting that “Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs and no foreign country has the right to interfere.”
“Hong Kong will be treated the same as mainland China,” Trump declared on Tuesday. “No special privileges, no special economic treatment, and no export of sensitive technologies … No administration has been tougher on China than this administration.”