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US Ends Sensitive Defense Exports To Hong Kong, Says Mike Pompeo

Pompeo introduced the choice hours after China in flip restricted visas to some Americans for Hong Kong.

Washington:

The United States stated Monday it was ending the export of delicate army gadgets to Hong Kong, not treating the monetary hub individually from China.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated the United States was taking the measure because of China’s push ahead with a safety legislation that Hong Kong activists say will curb the town’s freedoms.

“We can no longer distinguish between the export of controlled items to Hong Kong or to mainland China,” Pompeo stated in an announcement.

“We cannot risk these items falling into the hands of the People’s Liberation Army, whose primary purpose is to uphold the dictatorship of the CCP by any means necessary,” he stated, referring to the Chinese Communist Party.

The State Department will finish all exports to Hong Kong on its managed listing — gadgets starting from superior ammunition to army {hardware} that already want the inexperienced gentle from the administration and Congress.

The Commerce Department in flip will cease making a distinction between Hong Kong and China on so-called dual-use US merchandise, which have each army and civilian functions — and are extremely restricted when sought by Beijing.

Pompeo introduced the choice hours after China in flip restricted visas to some Americans for Hong Kong.

The United States has been main world outrage over a proposed safety legislation, which might outlaw subversion and different perceived offenses in Hong Kong, to which Beijing promised autonomy earlier than it was handed again the territory from Britain in 1997.

“It gives us no pleasure to take this action, which is a direct consequence of Beijing’s decision to violate its own commitments under the UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration,” Pompeo stated.

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