Hong Kong`s government on Thursday criticized Washington`s decision to suspend extradition and tax exemption agreements with the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The day before, Trump signed two implementing regulations prohibiting U.S. residents and businesses from transacting with Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat within 45 days. The injunctions cited national security concerns and said the services did not keep the user`s data private. Mr Trump has since given byteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, until November to divest itself of its US assets and all the data collected by TikTok in the US. The Trump administration on Wednesday suspended or denounced three bilateral agreements with Hong Kong related to extradition and tax exemptions, the latest in a series of measures that ease tensions between Washington and Beijing. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States The State Department said on Wednesday in Hong Kong that Washington had suspended or denounced three bilateral agreements with the semi-autonomous city after China passed a sweeping national security law. In response to Washington`s decision to end the agreements, China`s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Hong Kong would suspend a mutual legal assistance agreement with the United States. The U.S. has been arguing with China over its policy in Hong Kong, including over its decision to apply a controversial national security law to the autonomous territory, which critics say is intended to suppress differences of opinion. “The Chinese Communist Party has chosen to break the freedoms and autonomy of the people of Hong Kong,” Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said on Twitter. “Because of the CCP`s actions, we are announcing or suspending three of our bilateral agreements with the region.” Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, distributed, rewritten or redeployed without permission. Beijing has asked the United States to “immediately correct its mistakes” after denouncing bilateral agreements with Hong Kong. Trump has said he wants to punish China for what he called “oppressive actions” against the city. The legislation punishes to life imprisonment anything China considers secession, subversion, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces and has drawn criticism from Western countries who fear the law will end freedoms promised when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Hong Kong claimed that the bilateral agreements did not include preferential treatment and said they had been negotiated for the benefit of both sides. Welcome to The Globe and Mail`s comment community. It`s a space where subscribers can interact with each other and with Globe employees. The United States has ended its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, the latest step in putting pressure on Beijing after declaring a controversial national security law on the former British territory.
Mr. Trump has previously refused to take a tough stance against China during his tenure. In addition to launching a trade war with the country in 2018, he has repeatedly praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping, going so far as to ask sir.