Introducing national security legislation for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is purely a matter of China's internal affairs that allow no foreign interference, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Wednesday, in response to USA leader's latest remarks on the legislation.
Also Wedneday, Pompeo had a call with Dominic Raab, foreign secretary of the United Kingdom, which governed Hong Kong until 1997.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had certified on Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer warrants special treatment under U.S. law as it did when it was under British rule.
China's announcement it will bypass Hong Kong's legislature to impose draconian security laws on the city to quell "subversion" and "foreign interference" during the year-long protest movement has sparked global criticism and concern.
Chinese authorities and the Beijing-backed government in Hong Kong say there is no threat to the city's high degree of autonomy and the new security law will be tightly focused. But many people in Hong Kong are unhappy and deeply nervous about it. Pro-democracy politicians and activists who I talked to say it sort of feels like the end of Hong Kong as we know it.
Pompeo added that the decision gives him "no pleasure, " but that "sound policy making requires a recognition of reality", before admitting that the United States aspired to use the city as a template for changing the system in the People's Republic of China.
It comes hours before Beijing is expected to impose a controversial new security law on the territory.
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Ending this special treatment likely would have little affect on trade in goods, but would hit trade in services such as logistics and travel, an analysis by Citigroup found. The end of preferential trade status would mean the imposition of the same tariffs that the U.S. applies to Chinese products, but Hong Kong has a limited trade in goods with the US. The key tenets of the legislation include an assessment of harassment and threats to Uighurs and other Chinese nationals in the U.S., and assessment of China's acquisition of technology for surveillance of persecuted minorities. It has no impact on Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents, and will improve Hong Kong's legal system and bring more stability, stronger rule of law and a better business environment to Hong Kong, he added.
Hong Kong has been gripped for several years by political unrest and demonstrations, which had been gaining momentum in the months leading up to the coronavirus outbreak, which led to them being suspended. It also orders that primary and secondary school students in Hong Kong be taught to sing the "March of the Volunteers", along with its history and etiquette.
China's security proposal, unveiled in Beijing last week, was followed by the first large street protests in Hong Kong for months. "It could be the end of Hong Kong as a financial hub in the region and the world", said Ms. Glaser, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington.
China is motivated by fear of a younger Hong Kong generation that "does not agree with the political system of the Communist Party", said Hua Po, an independent political commentator based in Beijing. The administration can also revoke Hong Kong's special trading status if it chooses.
The "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" approved by the US Congress and Mr Trump a year ago requires the State Department to certify at least annually that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to justify the favorable US trading terms that have helped it remain a world financial centre.
Earlier, Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said the president told her he feels that Hong Kong's status as a global finance center, alongside London and NY, was in danger.