The us president, Donald Trump, think no longer that Hong kong is sufficiently autonomous in relation to China to qualify for special treatment.
he said Friday afternoon local time in a televised speech.
Why would Trump put in motion a process that should lead to the denial of the special rights that Hong kong has for years enjoyed. It means, among other things, that the region has not been subject to the same sanctions as China.
The special treatment has, among others, paved the way for Hong kong have been able to establish itself as a global commercial centre.
Hong kong was handed over to China in 1997 from great Britain. The delegation agreement requires, however, that the former british colony has a high degree of autonomy from China.
Trumps announcement comes after China's National people's congress on Thursday introduced a controversial sikkerhedslov in Hong kong.
Sikkerhedsloven override Hong kong's own legislative assembly, when it comes to actions, which is considered to be a threat to the national security and challenging the state power.
the Law was approved after the pro-democracy demonstrators for months have protested against a curtailed democracy in Hong kong.
Already earlier in the week announced by the UNITED states secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, that the decision would have consequences.
- I have today announced to Congress that Hong kong is no longer eligible for the treatment from the UNITED states in relation to the applicable rules, as was the case before July 1997, said Mike Pompeo on Wednesday.
In a joint proclamation criticized the united kingdom, Australia, Canada and the USA also the new sikkerhedslov Thursday.
- It limits the people in Hong kong's freedoms and weakens drastically Hong kong's autonomy and the system that has made the region so prosperous, wrote the four countries ' foreign ministers in a joint statement.
- China's decision to introduce a new sikkerhedslov in Hong kong is in direct conflict with China's international obligations under the legally binding and the UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration, they wrote.
the Ministers of foreign affairs refers to a joint declaration signed in december 1984 of the united kingdom and China.
It was concluded in order to ensure Hong kong administrative autonomy after the handover from Britain to China in 1997.