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What could losing U.S. 'special status' mean for Hong Kong?

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By Jerome TAYLOR

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How does this help democracy in Hong Kong when the largest democracy and businesses leave? Hong Kong is a vital global economic conduit where many US companies have outposts. This reactionary response ultimately hurts the people of Hong Kong and their push for recognition far more than China. You even have US banks like JP Morgan sponsoring Chinese companies listing in Hong Kong and raising funds from the Americans. The free world must realize the gravity of China’s infiltration and take action but not action is considered effective.

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Why not a 'special status' for 'ally', 'friend' and 'like minded' democratic TW-ROC instead?

Why HK-China only?

Washingjing backstabbers !

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In three and a half years the U.S. has gone from the world's leader to a rogue nation. All to satisfy the ego of one warped man-child and his band of sycophants.

The relationship of the WHO with the US is ratified through a treaty that is passed by Congress; therefore our dear President does not have the authority to ‘withdraw’ from it.

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Short of military action, economic sanctions are really the only strong action the free world can take against Hong Kong- a puppet of Communist China. The fact that HK schoolchildren are now being arrested for protesting on the streets against these outrageous bans on freedom, cannot be accepted.

Democratic nations should pull their banking/finance arms out of HK, and governments should order all airlines to no longer use HK as a travel hub. Starve the crooked Carrie Lam administration economically. Furthermore, democracies should offer asylum for HK freedom fighters and those sought by the corrupt HK govt and Communist China for trumped up "crimes" against the State.

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Soon millions of Hong Kong people will want to leave. Japan needs immigrants. The answer seems obvious.

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@Avenger,

You don't sound like an Avenger to me.

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Oh well, life goes on. Better this all happens now so they'll have the next 30 years to get used to it rather than waiting that long for it to happen then. It's not like at the end of the agreement with UK, China was going to let HK remain autonomous.

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Don't expect much from the US. The strip of special status would hit hard the local economy regardless of its association to Beijing.

More crucially, the CCP must predict US reactions to the latest security legislation. It's hardly surprising, all is done within their calculation. Beijing doesn't even bother abandoning HK as an economic centre as alternatives have been emerging elsewhere in the continent.

I do oppose to the legislation in favor for freedom in HK, but again cannot expect much from the US support, especially under Trump administration.

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i guess it’s good news for Singapore, would be nice if it were good news for Tokyo, or Taipei even.

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The Trump administration's China policy is unpredictable

That statement is wrong, the Trump's administration is very predictable, though maybe you need to try to think like him in order to see the game-play out. It's like 3D game of Chess, where unlike 2D Chess, pieces can move between levels - but it's still Chess.

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XI's view is that assimilating Hong Kong into China proper, will make it simpler to deal with the rest of the World, as they're now dealing with one Country.

However, the worry next, should not be Hong Kong - their fate was already on the wall back in 1997, but now that of Taiwan. Taiwan, is where the focus of attention should be, I suspect China will see that as a test of its Military strength, and the final piece of its current strategy before moving to the next phase.

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What does it mean for the 1500 major American businesses.

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For the 1500 major American businesses, it means they are soon to be on their own to fend for themselves vs the Chinese government.

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The people of Hong Kong know this and even hold signs saying "if we burn you burn with us". China tries to seize Hong Kong and it's just gonna be sanctioned like the rest of China.

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The Trump administration's China policy is unpredictable. Trump has taken a hard line against Beijing on trade but shown little interest in human rights and spoken warmly of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Only a complete ignoramus could write this. If this so-called journalist had any credibility, he would know that you do not personally insult a foreign political leader you are trying to make a deal with. And he would also know that Trump signed the Hong Kong Democracy Act last year, which mandates precisely this policy for precisely this situation.

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The UK will end up with talented and smart people very soon...Japan will be urging the HKers to come here by 2021 (winter)...,,

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@kurisupisu

Japan will be urging the HKers to come here by 2021 (winter)...,,

1) I assure Japanese government don't want Hong Kongers to migrate to Japan. Japan wants temporary workers who go home when they get old, not permanent residents.

2) Hong Kongers themselves do not want to go to Japan. The most preferred country for Hong Konger is Britain(For few lucky enough to hold BNO passports), followed by Singapore and then Taiwan. Then Canada or Australia.

3) Japan is an unfavorable destination for Hong Kongers due to language issues, dying economy, etc. While there is no language issue for Hong Kongers in Britain/Singapore, Japanese is a nightmare for Hong Kongers to learn.

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As-long-as China‘a political system remains based on socialist one party rule the fate of Hong Kong will remain continue oppression. The end of the British lease to the territory means the end of what made Hong Kong special in the region. No one is going to war with China so the people of Hong Kong can retain autonomy from their own government.

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One has to wonder why "Asia-Ex Japan" is a common category within International Business.

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I've never seen "Asia Ex-Hong Kong", "Asia Ex-China", "Asia-Ex Singapore" or even "Asia Ex-China"...

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The CCP already has it's toxic claws in HK politics and attempting to squash any criticism by political opposition to their political power. They would have found a way to milk any money towards democratic HKers to enforce their own control either way.

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The US has made its move. It is up do Beijing to decide whether to back down its proposed national security law for Hong Kong or facing the consequences. China cannot have it both ways.

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