Former HK leader calls out HSBC following United Kingdom criticism of security law

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The US called on China to back off on the security law, while the United Kingdom warned it would extend the visas and possibly provide a path to citizenship for some British passport holders from Hong Kong.

Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) are among the signatories of the letter.

After China fended off initial American efforts this week to have the controversy put on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council, the USA and Britain succeeded in securing an informal discussion about it for Friday, diplomatic sources told AFP.

Beijing has rejected the intervention of the United States and other foreign powers in its Hong Kong policy, which it views as an internal affair.

Reading from the teleprompter in the Rose Garden, Trump blasted China broadly for a "pattern of misconduct", reiterating his longstanding accusations that it has fleeced the United States economically, ignored global maritime treaties and caused the coronavirus pandemic.

China's National People's Congress passed the plan in a vote on Thursday - details of the legislation will be drafted and could be enacted within the next couple of months.

The meeting had initially been scheduled to focus on China, regardless of the events in Hong Kong, in light of two upcoming meetings with Beijing this year. A minority of protesters waved "Hong Kong independence" flags. Further protests have been planned for the coming weeks.

In China, vaguely defined political crimes are often used to suppress and punish dissent and perceived threats in the eyes of the government.

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For many Hong Kongers, the Chinese parliament's approval of a plan to impose controversial national security laws on the bustling Asian financial hub this week was a moment of hard decisions.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 360 points on Friday afternoon ahead of Trump's news conference, reckoning an escalation of tensions between the US and China.

A safe, stable and prosperous Hong Kong serves the interests of the USA, he said and added China welcomes the continued development and greater success of the American business community in HKSAR.

"China's decision to impose the new national security law on Hong Kong lies in direct conflict with its worldwide obligations", they said.

"These actions warrant the immediate attention of the UNSC". "If you don't want them, we'll take them". @USAmbUN must keep the pressure on #China so Beijing can't profit from breaking the Sino-UK Joint Declaration.

The implication is that Hong Kong's separate agreements and arrangements with the United States could be revoked, meaning Hong Kong, from the USA perspective, would be treated no differently from any other Chinese city.

Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the special benefits for Hong Kong are no longer justified because of China's increasing interference and threatened sanctions against Beijing.

He said the United States has 85,000 citizens, more than 1,300 companies, almost 300 regional headquarters and more than 400 regional offices in Hong Kong. Although the central government can still have a say, it will have to enforce the legislation to the extent of its competence in strict accordance with the legal procedures under the Hong Kong legal system.

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