US Bars Defence Exports To Hong Kong Ahead Of China Passing Controversial Security Law

US Bars Defence Exports To Hong Kong Ahead Of China Passing Controversial Security Law

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The Trump administration said on Monday it will bar defence exports to Hong Kong and will soon require licences for the sale of items to Hong Kong that have both civilian and military uses.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the step as China moved ahead with imposing a new national security law for Hong Kong that many fear Beijing and the Chinese Communist Party will use to clamp down on dissent in the former British territory.

The administration has warned for weeks that it would take action to end special US trade and commercial preferences Hong Kong had enjoyed since reverting to Chinese rule in 1997.

Among those perks was the ability for Hong Kong to import US defence equipment that China is not allowed to.

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