Trump orders elimination of special treatment for Hong Kong to punish China

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: May 30, 2020, 07.49 AM(IST)

US President Donald Trump (File photo) Photograph:( Reuters )

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Accusing China of conducting illicit espionage to steal America's industrial secrets, Trump announced the suspension of entry of certain foreign nationals from China, identified as potential security risks.

US President Donald Trump on Friday said that he has directed his administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment, in response to a new security law pushed by Beijing.

''China has replaced its promise of one country, two systems with one country, one system. Therefore, I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment,'' Trump said. 

Chinese government's move against Hong Kong is the latest in a series of measures that are diminishing the city's longstanding and very proud status. This is a tragedy for the people of Hong Kong, people of China & indeed the people of the world: US President Donald Trump

Accusing China of conducting illicit espionage to steal America's industrial secrets, Trump announced the suspension of entry of certain foreign nationals from China, identified as potential security risks.

''For years government of China has conducted illicit espionage to steal our industrial secrets. Today I'll issue a proclamation to better secure our nation's vital university research and suspend entry of certain foreign nationals from China, identified as potential security risks,'' Trump said. 

Trump further said that the US would be revising the State Department's travel advisory for Hong Kong to reflect the increased danger of surveillance and punishment by the Chinese state security apparatus.

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