US to cut Hong Kong’s special status, as Cold War tensions flare

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. will eliminate a “full range of agreements” it has with Hong Kong that grants special status, a day after China decided to impose control over the territory’s security. 

“This was a plain violation of Beijing’s treaty obligations,” the president said, adding that the “one country, two systems” arrangement for Hong Kong’s autonomy that was promised to last for 50 years “has 27 years to go.” 

Therefore, he said, “I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment.”

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Hong Kong’s special trade status with the US: Five things to know

HONG KONG — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement on May 27 that Washington would no longer treat Hong Kong as autonomous from China has not immediately changed the city’s relationship with the U.S., but it could have a major impact on trade and investment ties.

The U.S. is set to announce penalty measures in response to China’s adoption of a Hong Kong national security law that threatens free speech and other liberties in the city. Until now, Washington has largely treated Hong Kong as it did when it was under British rule before 1997, granting it greater privileges

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Beijing Diary: Red flags for Hong Kong’s future

The Chinese government is battling to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has infected tens of thousands and killed more than 4,000 people, while spreading worldwide. Nikkei’s bureau chief in China, Tetsushi Takahashi, is on the ground in the capital and is filing dispatches on what he sees.

Wednesday, May 27

Many Chinese residents of Beijing appear to support the proposed national security law discussed at the National People’s Congress. It is not simply because the Communist Party tells them to: There has been real frustration with the radical anti-China demonstrations in Hong Kong since last June.

The Global Times newspaper

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Hong Kong’s Ocean Park faces closure as pandemic takes its toll

HONG KONG — Ocean Park, Hong Kong’s signature amusement park, could go out of business by the end of June, as the novel coronavirus pandemic has brought the city’s tourism sector to a standstill, the park’s chairman said on Monday.

A government-proposed emergency aid package of 5.4 billion Hong Kong dollars ($696.5 million) will be scrutinized in the legislature this week, determining whether the 43-year-old theme park — home of the city’s pandas, various marine life and amusement rides — will cease to operate.

The bailout would replace a previous plan to inject HK$10.64 billion into the government-owned amusement park

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