Trump strips HK privileges, curbs students in volley on China

Gulf Today|May 31, 2020

Trump strips HK privileges, curbs students in volley on China
Trump said he would strip several of HK’s special privileges with United States, bar some Chinese students from US universities in anger over Beijing’s bid to exert control in the financial hub

President Donald Trump said he would strip several of Hong Kong’s special privileges with the United States and bar some Chinese students from US universities in anger over Beijing’s bid to exert control in the financial hub.

In a day of concerted action, the United States and Britain also raised alarm at the UN Security Council over a controversial new security law for Hong Kong, infuriating Beijing which said the issue had no place at the world body.

In a White House appearance that Trump had teased for a day, the US president attacked China over its treatment of the former British colony, saying it was “diminishing the city’s longstanding and proud status.”

“This is a tragedy for the people of Hong Kong, the people of China and indeed the people of the world,” Trump said.

Trump also said he was terminating the US relationship with the World Health Organisation, which he has accused of pro-China bias in its management of the coronavirus crisis.

But Trump was light on specifics and notably avoided personal criticism of President Xi Jinping, with whom he has boasted of having a friendship even as the two powers feud over an increasing range of issues.

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May 31, 2020