US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo declared on Wednesday that, Hong Kong no longer deserves special treatment from the United States because it no longer wields any “high degree” of autonomy from China.
The Hong Kong territory which is supposed to be autonomous from China enjoyed special treatment under trade laws far back since it was a British territory and had since carried forward the enjoyment of those privileges.
‘No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground,’ Pompeo said.
‘Beijing’s disastrous decision is only the latest in a series of actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms and China’s own promises to the Hong Kong people under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a U.N.-filed international treaty,’ he continued.
Mike Pompeo further stated that Hong Kong ‘does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as U.S. laws were applied to Hong Kong before July 1997,’ in a certified statement to Congress.
Pompeo said, the administration sees China’s drive to impose a new national law on the Island as an interference and an attack on the country’s Hong Kong’s autonomy. He tweeted that the US stands with Hong Kong.