U.S. takes actions against China over Hong Kong national security legislation
Updated: 2020-06-30 10:04:15 KST
The U.S. is taking further actions to pressure China into reversing its plans to pass national security legislation on Hong Kong.
For more details, we have Kim Do-yeon on line with us Do-yeon, tell us what specific actions have been taken in the past few hours.
Mark, U.S. agencies have taken actions for the passing of the national security legislation on Hong Kong.
For the State Department, Secretary Mike Pompeo released a statement saying the agency will ban all exports to Hong Kong related to military equipment including high-tech commodities that are dual-use.
The statement read that with the new law, the U.S. will not be able to clearly tell whether the equipment will be passed onto the People's Liberation Army of China.
For the Commerce Department, Secretary Wilbur Ross said that U.S. will suspend preferential treatment for Hong Kong over some things including the availability of export license exceptions. However, this does not affect financial services.
Both officials added that further actions are being evaluated by their departments.
Hong Kong's chief executive, Carrie Lam responded by saying the trade restrictions are relatively small compared to the total U.S.-Hong Kong trade.
Now, the Chinese government has repeatedly warned foreign countries to stay out of what it says are domestic matters and has been firm that the law will pass regardless of outside pressures?
Yes, Mark, Beijing is adamant on passing the law. On Tuesday, the spokesman for China's foreign ministry warned the international community to respect China's sovereignty take a listen.
"Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs and no foreign country has the right to interfere. The Chinese government is firmly determined to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests."
As for the passing of the law, the National People's Congress Standing Committee of China started to meet on Sunday and the meeting is due to continue until today.
According to South Morning China Post, the law has already been unanimously passed, but the official statement from the government is yet to come.
The process has been unusually fast as a law usually takes around two to four months to pass, but this law could be passed just a month since the draft was introduced.
This means it could be enacted as soon as Wednesday, July 1st, which is the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from the UK to China.
The new law would allow the Chinese government to punish the residents of Hong Kong for actions it considers to be secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference and according to the reports, the maximum sentence could be life-sentence.
Back to you, Mark.