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US ends defense exports to HK

Jun 30, 2020

Washington DC (USA), June 30: The US government says it is ending controlled defense exports to Hong Kong in response to China's decision to erode the territory's freedoms.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that that the exports were suspended.
He said the United States will also take steps toward imposing the same restrictions on US defense and dual-use technologies to Hong Kong as it does for China.
Pompeo said the US "cannot risk these items falling into the hands of the People's Liberation Army." He said, "Given Beijing now treats Hong Kong as 'One Country, One System,' so must we."
The State Department says the United States exported 1.4 million dollars' worth of defense equipment and services to Hong Kong last year, including arms and ammunition used by the territory's police.
The administration of President Donald Trump is responding to China's plan to introduce a national security law for Hong Kong. Critics say the legislation will harm the territory's high degree of autonomy, guaranteed under the principle of "one country, two systems."
The Trump administration announced last Friday that it will impose visa restrictions on Chinese officials deemed responsible for undermining Hong Kong's freedoms.
Source: NHK World