President Trump announced on Tuesday that he is dropping the hammer on the oppressive Chinese regime in response to the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of Hong Kong protesters.
Trump announced in a Tuesday press conference that he has signed an executive order after the CCP enacted a new law that is largely seen as an attempt to end pro-democracy protests for good.
Trump strikes back
The CCP has cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong for months, most recently passing a “national security” law that helps the Chinese government, in collaboration with pro-Beijing HK leaders to tighten the grip on citizens of the semi-autonomous region.
Breitbart reported that the law allows the CCP to “[criminalize] activities they defined as secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and collusion with foreign entities. China’s new laws were widely seen as a way to crush recent protests for freedom in Hong Kong.”
President Trump said on Tuesday that the current trend is “not a good situation,” and affirmed that the US stands on the side of the city’s autonomy.
“Their freedom has been taken away, their rights have been taken away,” Trump remarked. “And with it goes Hong Kong, in my opinion, because it will no longer be able to compete with free markets,” Trump said. “A lot of people will be leaving Hong Kong I suspect.”
Trump’s executive order ends Hong Kong’s special trading status, which will strike a major blow to the Chinese economy. Trump explained that “Hong Kong will be treated the same as mainland China. No special privileges, no special economic treatment, and no export of sensitive technologies.” The CCP has taken advantage of loopholes presented by HK’s special status, and Trump’s action closes those loopholes.
Trump also signed legislation passed by Congress earlier in July that enacts several punitive measures against the CCP, including leveling visa sanctions against Chinese officials involved in subverting Hong Kong’s autonomy and punishing financial institutions that work with the CCP.
Holding China accountable
The Chinese government is responsible for botching the COVID-19 response and lying to the world about it. The CCP has also brazenly violated the human rights of Uyghur Muslims in the region of Xinjiang, undermined the autonomy of Hong Kong, and made aggressive military advances in the South China Sea.
President Trump has opted to essentially scrap any trade deal talks that he had scheduled with China in order to hold the CCP responsible for the chaos it released upon the world and the unconscionable actions the CCP has taken against its own people.
Fox News reported that on Monday, the Chinese government struck at the US by enacting sanctions on “three U.S. lawmakers and one ambassador in response to similar actions taken by the U.S. last week against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against Muslims in the Xinjiang region.”
Trump doubled down on calls to hold China accountable, saying “make no mistake, we hold China fully responsible for concealing the virus and unleashing it upon the world … No administration has been tougher on China than this administration.”