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The United States government began measures today to end its special status with Hong Kong, one month after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told Congress that Hong Kong should no longer be considered autonomous from China.
Both the Commerce and State Departments also said further restrictions are being evaluated.
government’s announcements were made a few hours before news broke that China had passed a new national security law that will give it greater control over Hong Kong.
But that preferential treatment was put into jeopardy after China proposed the new national security law, which many Hong Kong residents fear will end the region’s judicial independence from Beijing.
S Commerce Department and State Department issued separate statements today detailing the new restrictions on Hong Kong.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said the Commerce Department will suspend export license exceptions for sensitive U.
The State Department said that it will end exports of U.
Other restrictions proposed by the United States including ending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong.
Both the State and Commerce departments said that the restrictions were put into place for national security reasons.
“We can no longer distinguish between the export of controlled items to Hong Kong or to mainland China,” Pompeo defense-exports-to-hong-kong” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>wrote.
In his statement, Ross said, “With the Chinese Communist Party’s imposition of new security measures on Hong Kong, the risk that sensitive U.