May 27, 2020 / 3:50 PM / a month ago

Pompeo says Hong Kong does not warrant pre-1997 special treatment

WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he certified on Wednesday to the U.S. Congress that Hong Kong does not continue to warrant special treatment under the U.S. laws in the same way that applied when the territory was still under the British law before July 1997.

“No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground,” Pompeo said in a statement.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and David Brunnstrom

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