China to retaliate at US ending special status for HK

Local | 30 Jun 2020 4:04 pm

China said it will take retaliatory measures in response to the decision by the United States to start eliminating Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law, Reuters reports.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian did not specify which measures Beijing would take. The U.S. is halting defence exports and restricting Hong Kong’s access to high-technology products as China imposes a national security law for Hong Kong.

The Commerce Department said it was suspending “preferential treatment to Hong Kong over China, including the availability of export license exceptions,” adding that further actions to eliminate Hong Kong’s privileged status were being evaluated.

“We urge Beijing to immediately reverse course and fulfill the promises it has made to the people of Hong Kong and the world,” it said.

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