President Donald Trump has made it clear that the United States would withdraw from the World Health Organization over the treatment of Hong Kong by China.
Reports by Wall Street Journal says the decision to withdraw is a result of China’s efforts to limit the political autonomy Hong Kong has had from China. Therefore, Hong Kong will no longer be regarded as a separate Chinese customs and travel area. It will also bar Chinese citizens who are considered a security threat to American scientific research from entering the country.
“China says it protects national security, but the reality is that Hong Kong as a democratic society was stable and prosperous. The decision from Beijing reverses all of that, “said President Trump.
State Secretary Mike Pompeo sent a notice to Congress stating that Hong Kong was not autonomous from China any more. The notification then offered President Trump the requisite excuse to pursue a broad variety of retaliatory acts.
Trump plans on distributing funds to address other public health-related costs. Implementing these measures could take weeks.
“This is a significant turning point in U.S.-Hong Kong, U.S.-China relations,” said Michael Wessel, a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. “The president has identified a series of serious responses to China’s encroachment on Hong Kong’s liberties and freedom, and in the coming days we’ll see whether all of it is implemented or not.”
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