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Hong Kong clampdown leads to loss of special U.S. status

China | In response to the Hong Kong national security law, the U.S. plans to take away the territory’s trade preferences
by June Cheng
Posted 6/04/20, 09:21 am

When Hong Kong’s democracy protesters waved American flags last November to thank the U.S. government for passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, they knew the bill was a double-edged sword: It requires the United States to assess annually whether Hong Kong has enough autonomy to continue receiving preferential trade benefits. This punishes China for encroaching on Hong Kong and breaking its promise to give the territory a “high degree of autonomy” for 50 years.

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China approves Hong Kong national security law

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/28/20, 10:19 am

China’s National People’s Congress made an expected cut to Hong Kong’s autonomy on Thursday. The new security law bans sedition, foreign interference, and secession against the Chinese government. It also will allow security forces from China to operate in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protesters rejected the move as an attempt to stifle dissent.

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Hong Kong police crack down on protests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/27/20, 11:18 am

Hundreds of riot police surrounded Hong Kong’s Legislative Council on Wednesday morning as lawmakers considered whether to criminalize abuse of the national anthem. Authorities detained at least 300 people throughout the city for unlawful assembly. Some lawmakers spent the night at the government building in case protesters blocked the entrance before the vote, local media reported.

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