U.S. Commerce Department ends its special treatment for Hong Kong

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Commerce Secrettary Wilbur Ross departs following a joint news conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Poland's President Andrzej Duda in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department’s regulations giving preferential treatment to Hong Kong, including export license exceptions, have been suspended, Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday.

In a statement, Ross also said further actions to eliminate differential treatment for Hong Kong were also being evaluated, as Washington steps up pressure on China over its decision to impose security legislation on Hong Kong.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Tim Ahmann