US Suspends All Exports of Controlled Defense Technologies to Hong Kong

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives a news conference about dealings with China and Iran and on the fight against the coronavirus disease pandemic in Washington U.S

US Revokes Hong Kong Special Status Ends Exports of Defence Equipment Sensitive Technologies REUTERS POOL

Taiwan on Tuesday warned its citizens of risk in visiting Hong Kong after China's parliament passed national security legislation for the city while Taiwan's president said she was disappointed about the law.

Britain has said the security law would violate China's worldwide obligations and its handover agreement, which promised Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy for 50 years under a "one country, two systems" formula.

"It marks the end of Hong Kong that the world knew before", prominent democracy campaigner Joshua Wong tweeted as his political party Demosisto announced it was disbanding. However, its candidates were repeatedly barred from standing for election with authorities citing their stance on "self-determination" for the city.

Hours before the vote on the legislation, USA officials announced that Washington would end exports of defense equipment to Hong Kong and abolish the city's preferential access to technologies with potential military application.

Hu Xijin said on Twitter that official information on the new legislation, which he says was passed by "China's top legislature" earlier, will be released later in the day. The U.S. has already begun moves to end special trade terms and others dispensations given to Hong Kong after the former British colony was handed over to Chinese rule in 1997.

Zhao warned on Monday that the United States "should not review, advance or implement relevant negative bills concerning Hong Kong, even less impose so-called sanctions on China, otherwise China will firmly take strong countermeasures". Beijing has previously denounced USA actions and rhetoric on Hong Kong as "interference" in China's internal affairs. It added that it will continue to push for Hong Kong's formal independence.

"Stirring up trouble" is frequently used as an accusation against peaceful critics of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, which has sought to label last year's mass protests for democracy and the preservation of Hong Kong's freedoms as a secessionist movement instigated by foreign powers.

In his statement, Pompeo claimed that the action was taken to "protect U.S. national security".

Mr Raab said that "we fully intend to see through" plans to change visa rules to offer millions of people in Hong Kong a way to acquire United Kingdom citizenship.

State news agency Xinhua has reported that the law will target acts of "secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign or external forces that endanger national security".

Chan said the march on Wednesday will be held under the theme of opposing Beijing's national security law, as well as continuing the push for protesters' five demands-which includes universal suffrage and an independent inquiry into instances of police violence against protesters and journalists in the past year.

"We haven't seen the details. but all Hong Kong delegates firmly support the law", Henry Tang, leader of a group of pro-establishment Hong Kong figures invited to a meeting at Beijing's Liaison Office Tuesday afternoon, told reporters.

Since Beijing's plan to impose the security law on Hong Kong emerged in May, Japan has used various channels to convey its stance on Hong Kong to China while fine-tuning its diplomatic language.

The EU Commission President said the EU is "seriously concerned" about the law, which "does not conform with Hong Kong's Basic Law or China's worldwide commitments".

"The United States is forced to take this action to protect U.S. national security".

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