- The US State Department announced on 26 June that it will impose visa restrictions on current and former Chinese officials alleged to be complicit in undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy.
- The State Department action appears designed to preempt congressional action that could force US President Donald Trump to take even tougher action.
Category: Hong Kong
- The State Department’s determination that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous lays the groundwork for the US to impose sanctions on Chinese officials.
- The US is likely to proceed with more narrow sanctions, given the risk that broader action would inflict more damage on US companies and Hong Kong’s economy than on the mainland government.
- The Chinese central government’s plan for a new national security law in Hong Kong reflects impatience with the lack of legal tools available to suppress the protest movement.
- Beijing is seeking to reassure foreign business that the law will affect only a “tiny minority” of radical activists, not-law-abiding investors and companies.
● Fifteen high-profile activists were arrested for participating in peaceful but unauthorized protests, signaling a more expansive legal approach by the Hong Kong government.
● In a legal statement whose impact is largely symbolic, Beijing asserted broader rights to comment on Hong Kong’s internal politics.… Read the rest
● Anger at the Hong Kong government’s response to COVID-19 fueled new violence after a month of calm.
● But Beijing believes its “strategy of attrition” is working and will not offer political concessions.… Read the rest