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U.S. announces end of Hong Kong's special status

Christian Fernsby |
The United States has revoked Hong Kong's special trading status, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced in a statement Monday.

Topics: U.S.    HONG KONG   

The decision comes as Beijing prepares to pass a national security law that many fear will severely curtail Hong Kong's autonomy and has prompted the U.S. to, among other things, place visa restrictions on some members of the Chinese Communist Party and end defense exports to Hong Kong.

In his statement, Ross said the new security measures will increase the risk "that sensitive U.S. technology will be diverted" to the Chinese army and government.

Subsequently, he said, the U.S. can no longer exempt Hong Kong from trade restrictions placed on China.

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