U.S. to end 'controlled' defense exports to Hong Kong

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2020

Beijing has defended the law by arguing such a measure is needed to restore stability to Hong Kong, which has been rocked by sometimes violent protests over the previous year stemming first from a now-shelved extradition bill and general dissatisfaction with Beijing's heavy-handed governance.

The Chinese and Hong Kong flags are released during the flag-raising ceremony. About a dozen participants chanted slogans echoing demands from protesters previous year for political reform and an investigation into accusation of police abuse.

Hong Kong's "One Country, Two Systems" formula helped cement the city's status as a world-class business hub, bolstered by an independent judiciary and political freedoms unseen on the mainland.

Critics say the law effectively ends the "one country, two systems" framework under which Hong Kong was promised a high degree of autonomy. The law even has restrictions on all types of Non violent protest.

He said the new powers, which could restrict protests and freedom of speech, threatened the city's autonomy.

"That is just completely contrary to the notions of law that we had in Hong Kong, which is law as an accessible, transparent process, where before you enact a law you discuss, you get the draft out, you debate it", said Wilson Leung, a commercial litigator and a council member of Hong Kong's bar association, which has criticized the national security law and demanded greater transparency in the drafting process.

It was approved in response to last year's massive pro-democracy protests in the city, and appears designed in part to prevent further mass displays of dissent.

Recently, a high-level Chinese military officer was arrested and charged with J1 visa fraud, after being caught stealing research from the University of California.

A bipartisan group of US senators launched a bill on June 30 to grant refugee status to Hong Kong residents at risk of persecution by Beijing's new national security law for participating in protests.

The countries urged the Chinese and Hong Kong governments to reconsider the imposition.

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Under the legislation, Hong Kongers who have "a well-founded fear of persecution" will be eligible for Priority 2 Refugee processing in Hong Kong or a third country, and the bill waives immigration intent as a factor in granting non-immigrant visas.

"I think the opposition fronts in Hong Kong should seriously reflect on themselves and make some adjustment", Zhang Xiaoming told reporters Wednesday.

Beijing loyalists celebrate Hong Kong's return to the Chinese motherland after a century-and-a-half of what many considered humiliating colonial rule by Britain.

It is not yet clear how strictly the law will be applied in Hong Kong.

The U.S.is moving to end special trade terms given to the territory. On Tuesday morning, as Hong Kong outlets began reporting the law had passed, Lam refused to comment, saying that it would be "inappropriate" to do so given the legislative body was still meeting in Beijing.

China on Monday responded to the us visa restrictions by imposing visa restrictions of its own on certain Americans.

Signatories included Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and 15 European Union states including the Netherlands and Sweden.

Beijing's "paranoia and fear of its own people's aspirations have led it to eviscerate the very foundation of the territory's success", Pompeo said in a statement.

Taiwan on Wednesday opened an office to facilitate migration from Hong Kong.

The establishment of the office is "not only a statement on Taiwan's support to Hong Kong's democracy and freedom, but also highlights our determination to care for Hong Kong people", said Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council minister Chen Ming-tong at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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