China set to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong.
China's parliament overwhelmingly approved a proposal to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, the Guardian reports. The move is widely seen as signaling the end of the one-country, two-systems policy under which Hong Kong maintained a degree of autonomy. According to the Chinese government news outlet Global Times, the law allows Beijing to fix "loopholes" that led to Hong Kong's alleged failure to address acts of "treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the central government." The Washington Post says the legislation is expected to pass, possibly as early as next week, and it will bypass Hong Kong's own legislative processes.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that "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 U.S. laws were applied to Hong Kong before July 1997. No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground....While the United States once hoped that free and prosperous Hong Kong would provide a model for authoritarian China, it is now clear that China is modeling Hong Kong after itself."
China's move is likely to incur further sanctions from the US, and Quartz notes that the US could potentially revoke Hong Kong's special trade status, although this is thought to be unlikely. Yahoo News quotes China's foreign ministry spokesman as saying, "If the US insists on hurting China's interests, China will have to take every necessary measure to counter and oppose this."