US to stop military exports to Hong Kong over China's national security law
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday stated that his country will end its agreement allowing export to Hong Kong of defense equipment.
Iran Press/ America: The move by the Trump administration comes in response to Beijing pushing forward on national security legislation for Hong Kong, saying the proposed law violates the territory’s autonomy under the “one country, two systems” agreed with the signing of the Sino-British declaration in 1984, reported by the Hill.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to eviscerate Hong Kong’s freedoms has forced the Trump Administration to re-evaluate its policies toward the territory,” Pompeo said in a statement.
“As Beijing moves forward with passing the national security law, the United States will today end exports of U.S.-origin defense equipment and will take steps toward imposing the same restrictions on U.S. defense and dual-use technologies to Hong Kong as it does for China.”
The US secretary said “it gives us no pleasure to take this action,” but that the administration was “forced” to take this decision to protect U.S. national security.
“We can no longer distinguish between the export of controlled items to Hong Kong or to mainland China. We cannot risk these items falling into the hands of the People’s Liberation Army, whose primary purpose is to uphold the dictatorship of the CCP by any means necessary,” he said.
The latest restrictions follow the administration’s announcement last week to impose visa restrictions on Chinese officials that are found to be involved in Beijing’s efforts to exert more control over Hong Kong.
The US, UK, Canada, Australia, the EU, and Japan have all spoken out against the national security law.