Trump has also signed legislation, overwhelmingly passed in Congress by May, that authorizes the administration to impose sanctions on officials or institutions, including banks, that have been found to have violated status. semi-autonomous from Hong Kong.
Its executive order, in addition to revoking the territory’s special trade status, calls for sanctions against those deemed to have been involved in a variety of acts in Hong Kong, including arrests under the new security law and actions that undermine democratic processes or limit the media. freedoms.
Beijing officials clearly anticipated these measures, but nevertheless reacted brutally.
“The act on the American side badly disparages Hong Kong’s national security laws, threatens to impose sanctions on China and seriously violates international law and basic rules of international relations,” said the foreign ministry. in a statement released Wednesday morning in China, shortly after Trump finished speaking.
“It is a blatant interference in the affairs of Hong Kong and the internal affairs of China,” the ministry said.
The impact of the new powers detailed in American law and Mr. Trump’s decree remains to be seen. Congress has authorized similar measures before, only for the administration to delay imposing them because it has weighed other foreign policy considerations, including the Trump trade deal with China.