The decision to withdraw is a result of China’s actions towards reducing the political autonomy that Hong Kong has had from China, according to the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, Hong Kong will no longer be treated as a separate customs and travel territory from China. Chinese citizens who are deemed to be a security threat to American scientific research will also be barred from entering the country.
“China claims it is protecting national security, but the truth is that Hong Kong was secure and prosperous as a free society. Beijing’s decision reverses all of that,” President Trump said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a notification to Congress stating that Hong Kong was no longer autonomous from China. The notification then gave President Trump the justification needed to pursue a wide range of retaliatory actions.
Trump plans on distributing funds to address other public health-related costs. Implementing these measures could take weeks.
“This is a significant turning point in U.S.-Hong Kong, U.S.-China relations,” said Michael Wessel, a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. “The president has identified a series of serious responses to China’s encroachment on Hong Kong’s liberties and freedom, and in the coming days we’ll see whether all of it is implemented or not.”