U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a notice on Tuesday, Aug. 11, stating that beginning Sept. 15 all goods exported from Hong Kong must be labeled “Made in China” rather than “Made in Hong Kong,” the Daily Caller reported.
On July 14, President Trump signed an executive order on the “normalization of Hong Kong,” to suspend or eliminate different and preferential treatment for Hong Kong to the extent permitted by law and in the national security, foreign policy, and economic interest of the United States.”
The president’s executive order repeals the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act 1992, and the United States no longer sees Hong Kong as an autonomous region because of the new national security law the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) now governs the island.
The obligation to label imports from Hong Kong as “Made in China” is another step the Trump administration is taking to show its determination to counter the threat posed by the CCP to the United States and the world.
The executive order also eliminates preferential treatment for those holding Hong Kong passports, revokes exemptions from licenses to export from Hong Kong to the United States, ends joint training of police from both countries, and eliminates academic collaboration between scientific institutions.
Tension between the two countries has escalated since the CCP covered up the outbreak of the CCP Virus in Wuhan and let the disease spread around the world.
In response, the Trump administration has taken unprecedented security measures, and President Trump’s tone toward the CCP has changed dramatically.
On July 24, the United States ordered the closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston on national security grounds. A few days earlier, on July 21, the FBI announced the prosecution of two Chinese people working for the State Security Bureau on charges of espionage. The CCP’s response was to close the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu in retaliation.