HONG KONG (Reuters) – The United States warned in a report on Friday that increased meddling from China in Hong Kong had adversely impacted the city, straining international business confidence in the Asian financial hub.
The U.S. State Department report cited incidents such as the expulsion of Financial Times editor Victor Mallet, the banning of a pro-independence political party, the jailing of young democracy activists and barring people from local elections.
City - Laws - Individuals - China - Rights
The city is now also seeking to amend laws to allow individuals to be extradited to mainland China, despite grave human rights concerns toward Beijing.
“The tempo of mainland central government intervention in Hong Kong affairs – and actions by the Hong Kong government consistent with mainland direction – increased, accelerating negative trends seen in previous periods,” the U.S. State Department said in its 2019 report on the Hong Kong Policy Act.
Restrictions - Hong - Kong - Confidence - Business
“Growing political restrictions in Hong Kong may be straining the confidence of the international business community.”
The 1992 U.S.-Hong Kong policy act allows Washington to engage with Hong Kong as a non-sovereign entity distinct from China on matters of trade and economics.
Areas - Treatment - Hong - Kong - Visas
The areas of special treatment for Hong Kong are fairly broad and now include visas, law enforcement including extraditions, and investment.
“Policies and practices of the...
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