The Sift Here’s what we’re Sifting today

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.

How will this affect Hong Kongs relationship with the United States? U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer retains enough independence to warrant preferential trade benefits. “No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China,” he said. Hong Kong could soon face the same tariffs and economic treatment from the United States as mainland China.

Dig deeper: Read Erica Kwong’s report on China’s renewed crackdown in Hong Kong.


Read more from The Sift Sign up for The Sift email
Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

Read more from this writer

Comments

You must be a WORLD Member and logged in to the website to comment.
  • Cyborg3's picture
    Cyborg3
    Posted: Fri, 05/29/2020 01:47 am

    It is time that the UK demands China to give Hong Kong back because China failed to live up to their end of the bargain. China is the big world bully that thinks they can get whatever they want by force and intimidation. It is time the world pushes back!

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 06/02/2020 06:35 pm

    Geographically, HongKong is part of China. It was, of course, once a colony of Great Britain. Great Britain did cede HongKong to China by treaty a number of years ago, which was the right thing to do, but I think a lot of us always foresaw how it would end up. 
     

    If you aren't acquainted with the history of Western nations' involvement in China, I urge you to read up on it. Truly a shameful part of the West's colonial ambitions--including the US. Probably this was when the seeds were sown for China going Communist. 

ADVERTISEMENT