In a heartbreaking and impactful announcement Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that Hong Kong no longer is autonomous from China according to United States law.
According to The Hill:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said the U.S. no longer views Hong Kong as politically autonomous from China, a stark escalation in response to China’s plan to impose new security restrictions on the territory.
Pompeo clarified in a further statement that China’s expected passage of a national security law meant to impose more restrictions on Hong Kong’s autonomy will not allow for Washington to “continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as U.S. laws were applied to Hong Kong before July 1997.”
“After careful study of developments over the reporting period, I certified to Congress today 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. No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground,” the secretary said.
The U.S. since 1992 has had separate political, economic and trade relations with Hong Kong. The policy carried over when the territory was transferred from British rule to Beijing control in 1997 and is part of how the U.S. views China’s “one country, two systems” policy.
The separation from China allowed Hong Kong to flourish and now the future of their economy is in question.