President Trump has signed an executive order ending the special status for Hong Kong. The move ends any differing distinction between China and Hong Kong.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The announcement follows China’s aggressive takeover of Hong Kong’s levers of power via a new national security law. The law expands Chinese authority to extradite political dissidents and cracks down on the political culture in Hong Kong such that it will more closely resemble the Beijing regime.
Since 1992, the United States has maintained a special relationship with Hong Kong codified in law. While China upheld the “One Country, Two Systems” policy with regard to Hong Kong, the State Department recognized Hong Kong’s free market and legal institutions as different from those of Beijing and attempted to foster growth through trade.
China’s increasing imposition of its model of governance on Hong Kong has led the Trump administration to rethink this policy. Washington intends its pivot to act as punishment for China’s “oppressive” treatment of Hong Kong, the president said.
Trump also cited China’s intellectual property fraud, military buildup, hijacking of multilateral organizations, and manipulation of international trade as reasons to alter relations with the communist regime. No country has ever “ripped off” the United States like China, the president said. He added that he has “no plans” to speak with Chinese president Xi Jinping.
Hong Kong is now China in the administration’s purview and will not have any special distinctions moving forward.