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Trump to Pull U.S. From WHO, Roll Back Special Policies for Hong Kong

May 29, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
WASHINGTON-President Trump launched initiatives meant to punish China for tightening control over Hong Kong and for alleged misdeeds from espionage to its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, in moves likely to compound a tense rivalry with Beijing.

Before Mr. Trump's announcement, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman in Beijing reiterated Friday that the U.S. shouldn't interfere in China's domestic affairs, including Hong Kong.

Mr. Trump said he would direct administration officials to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that have treated Hong Kong separately from mainland China since Beijing took control of the city from Britain in 1997, under promises to maintain its capitalist ways and Western legal system.

He said the State Department's travel advisory to Hong Kong would be revised "To reflect the increased danger of surveillance and punishment by the Chinese state security apparatus." That change effectively puts Hong Kong on par with the rest of mainland China.

It identified the Legislative Affairs Commission of China's legislature, Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong and the Chinese central government's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, plus the heads of those two offices.