Donald Trump announces end to Hong Kong’s special trade status
Trump announced the severance of relations with WHO and the review of the status of Hong Kong
US ends relationship with World Health Organization over coronavirus pandemic
President Donald Trump said Friday that he has instructed his administration to begin the process of ending the special economic preference regime for Hong Kong in response to China’s plans to introduce new security legislation in the former British colony..
The President announced this at a press conference at the White House. Trump stressed that China has broken its promise of Hong Kong autonomy. The President said these actions are a tragedy for the people of Hong Kong, China and the whole world..
“We will take action to end preferential treatment for Hong Kong,” the president said, adding that the United States will also impose sanctions on those responsible for suppressing Hong Kong autonomy..
The White House’s decision follows China’s plans to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that Hong Kong no longer meets the requirements for special status under US law, allowing the city to remain a global financial center..
Trump said he instructed his administration to begin the process of canceling political agreements with Hong Kong, ranging from the extradition regime to export controls..
Another important statement made by the President on Friday concerned the World Health Organization. Trump said that the United States is ending relations with WHO due to the situation with the coronavirus. WHO has become China’s puppet, president says.
Trump stressed that the WHO has not yet begun to reform its work, which the United States has been insisting on for a month. According to him, the Chinese authorities “ignored their reporting obligations” on the virus to WHO and put pressure on WHO to “mislead the world” at the moment when Beijing first learned of the coronavirus outbreak on its territory..
“China has complete control over the World Health Organization, even though it pays only $ 40 million a year, compared to the US contribution of about $ 450 million a year. We described in detail the reforms that need to be implemented and worked with them directly, but they refused to act, “the president said..
Trump announced that, starting today, the United States will end its relationship with the WHO. Funds that were spent on payment of membership fees will be redirected to help other countries and “urgent needs of global public health”.
The president added that on Friday he will also sign a declaration protecting important university research. Declaration to suspend entry into U.S. for Chinese citizens who pose a potential threat to national security.
As several sources told Reuters, this measure may affect from 3 to 5 thousand graduate students from China..
Shortly after the end of the press conference, the White House officially issued a message that such a declaration had been signed by the President..