Trump orders end to Hong Kong's special status

Trump orders end to Hong Kong's special status

Trump orders end to Hong Kong's special status

As the global death toll of coronavirus continues to rise and as parts of America are literally on fire as citizens protest racist police violence, Donald Trump took decisive action today by announcing that the U.S. will terminate its partnership with the World Health Organization.

He was also quoted as saying "the US contributed $450 million to the World Health Organization each year compared to China's $40 million".

In a bombshell press briefing, U.S. President Donald Trump said the U.S. will cancel special treatment to Hong Kong, after China made a decision to draft national security laws for Hong Kong.

When Trump halted funding to the World Health Organization last month, two Western diplomats said the USA suspension was more harmful politically to the World Health Organization than to the agency's current programs, which are funded for now.

The President also accused the World Health Organization of being under "total control" of China.

In line with the framework, the United States under a 1992 law gives Hong Kong a special status separate from the rest of mainland China on matters including tariffs and visa issuance.

The U.S. and United Kingdom on Friday urged the U.N. Security Council to take action against China's crackdown on freedoms in Hong Kong - after China initially stopped the matter being discussed by the body.

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However, Trump may be mindful that a more serious rupture with China could upend his hard-fought Phase One trade deal with the world's second-largest economy, which he has counted on for economic benefit in major US farm states.

"We welcome all parties of the United States to continue development and achieve greater success in Hong Kong", said Zhao.

With elections approaching, Trump has also sought to cast China as the cause for the devastation of the COVID-19 virus, news of which was initially suppressed when the illness was first detected in Wuhan late previous year.

Trump alleged that the Chinese government has continually violated its promises to the USA and many other nations.

"The free world must stand with the people of Hong Kong", she wrote on Twitter.

On Friday night, Beijing's foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying rebutted US' criticism that national security laws in Hong Kong would amount to a Chinese take over of the city, tweeting: "Ridiculous".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday certified that Hong Kong no longer enjoys autonomy that warrants its separate treatment under U.S. law. The U.S. trade surplus with Hong Kong has accumulated to 297 billion U.S. dollars in the past decade, ranking first among U.S. global trading partners.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the move by Beijing eroded the autonomy Hong Kong was promised back when Britain handed it back to China.

The World Health Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump's announcement.

The decision to begin revoking Hong Kong's special status was sparked by growing fears that Beijing is prematurely stamping out freedoms.

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