Top U.S. Officials Threaten Action on China Over Hong Kong Security Law


WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that a broad new security measure proposed by China would amount to a “death knell” for Hong Kong’s political freedoms, as Trump administration officials warned of punishments — possibly including revoking the territory’s special economic and trading status.

A move by the United States to end that special status would subject goods from Hong Kong to the same American tariffs now applied to ones from mainland China.

Other economic and visa restrictions that Washington has imposed on China would also be applied to the semiautonomous territory. That could deal a major blow to Hong Kong’s historic role as a base for multinational companies that command global lanes of trade and commerce from a cluster of skyscrapers on the edge of the South China Sea.

Michael Crowley, Edward Wong and Ana Swanson

2020-05-22 18:52:55

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