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U.S. declares Hong Kong no longer enjoying autonomy

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 27, 2020
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that Hong Kong no longer enjoys the autonomy promised by Beijing, stripping the financial hub of its special status under U.S. law.
Mike Pompeo
Secretary of State   Mike Pompeo
Hours before Beijing will hold a key vote on a controversial new security law on Hong Kong, Pompeo sent a notice to Congress that China was not living up to obligations from before it regained control of the territory from Britain in 1997.

Topics: U.S. Hong Kong

"I certified to Congress today that 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.

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