President Trump, in a television interview with Fox Business on Thursday, Aug. 13 said that Hong Kong under the control of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “can never succeed” and its markets will “go to hell.”
Criticism of the national security law that the CCP imposed on Hong Kong, in violation of its international treaties on the freedoms promised to the Hong Kong people, continues unabated.
After a substantial improvement in relations between the United States and the CCP in recent times, since the beginning of the CCP Virus pandemic, it seems that the relationship is far from being restored. One of the hot spots is the CCP’s advance on Hong Kong.
On Thursday, President Trump spared no criticism or accusations regarding the CCP’s advance on Hong Kong’s freedoms. He also spoke of Hong Kong as the beneficiary of billions of dollars in economic incentives of all kinds that the United States has invested in recent decades to cooperate in its growth and independence. President Trump announced that all such support would now be withdrawn.
“All of those incentives that they had for the Hong Kong market, in order to keep a certain amount of freedom over there, knowing they have China looming over the top of them—but all of those incentive, billions and billions and billions of dollars I gave, that we gave, to Hong Kong, I’ve taken back now.”
President Trump announced in mid-July that he would end the U.S. “special trade relationship” with Hong Kong. Bringing it into the same category as the rest of China. Even products imported from Hong Kong will have to be labeled “Made in China.” This was reported by the SCMP.
New Hong Kong Security Law
Critics argue that the law severely limits freedom of expression in Hong Kong, allows authorities to arrest suspects from Hong Kong and try them in mainland China, where there are many complaints about the lack of minimum rights of expression. It also provides for the creation of a kind of secret police, which would act directly under the orders of the CCP, placing the territory under the same authoritarian rules as mainland China.
The law was approved in secret by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in Beijing and signed by Chinese leader Xi Jinping before people in Hong Kong had seen the text. The law defines as punishable offenses, “secession, subversion, organizing and carrying out terrorist activities, and collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security.”
Section 29 of the said act specifically allows the prosecution of any person “who provokes hatred by illegal means among Hong Kong residents” toward Beijing or Hong Kong governments.
President Trump’s administration has pointed out and strongly criticized that the law breaks down human rights, freedoms, and democracy in Hong Kong. All the progress that has been made in recent years is now being undermined by this new legislation.