Pompeo Says US "No Longer" Considers Hong Kong Autonomous From China

Headline Roundup May 27th, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. no longer considers Hong Kong autonomous from China. The move comes amid escalated tensions between the Trump administration and China, given high-stakes trade negotiations, the latter's management of COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and a recently floated Chinese law that would reportedly crack down on civil liberties for Hong Kong residents.

Most outlets, regardless of bias, speculated about the effects the move could have on geopolitical relations and Hong Kong's standing in the global economy. Some compared the China and Hong Kong situation to India and Kashmir's situation, and differences in U.S. policy pertaining to each.

Pompeo Says US "No Longer" Considers Hong Kong Autonomous From China

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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has notified the US Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China.

Wednesday's notification to lawmakers sets the stage for the US to withdraw preferential trade and financial status that the former British colony has enjoyed since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.

"Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as US laws were applied to Hong Kong before July 1997," Pompeo said in a statement.

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From the Center
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Wednesday that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China – a landmark decision that will likely escalate already strained U.S.-China relations and which could have serious economic consequences for the global financial hub.

"No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground," Pompeo said in a statement.

Pompeo's decision was sparked by the Chinese government's move to assert sweeping authority over Hong Kong and comes as tensions between the Trump...

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From the Right
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Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo has notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China and no longer deserves special treatment under U.S. law as it did while still under British law before July 1997.

Wednesday’s notification to lawmakers sets the stage for the U.S. to withdraw that preferential trade and financial status, which it has enjoyed since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.

“Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as...

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