President Donald Trump announced Friday the U.S. will sanction Chinese officials responsible for eroding the autonomy of Hong Kong and begin the process of ending Hong Kong special trade benefits.
READ MORE: U.S. President Donald Trump says China’s actions on Hong Kong are “plain violations of its treaty obligations” in remarks Friday that strongly criticized Beijing on a host of issues including its trade practices, handling of the coronavirus pandemic and dealings with the World Health Organization.
Trump said Hong Kong is no longer sufficiently autonomous to merit special treatment from the United States and said his administration will begin a process to eliminate policy exemptions giving the city preferential treatment.
During remarks Friday in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said the State Department would be revising its travel advisory for Hong Kong to reflect “increased danger of surveillance.”
This week, China's National People's Congress approved imposing a national security law on Hong Kong despite previous commitments by Beijing to maintain “two systems” — one for the mainland and one for Hong Kong.