Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China, Pompeo says

Washington: US Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo has notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China.

In a statement, Pompeo said China’s plan to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong was “only the latest in a series of actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms”.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, pictured, said it was “clear that China is modelling Hong Kong after itself”.Credit:AP

“No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground,” he said on Wednesday, local time.

“After careful study of developments over the reporting period, I certified to Congress today that Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as US laws were applied to Hong Kong before July 1997.

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