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Pompeo warns that there will be no differential treatment for Hong Kong

New York, Dec 8 (EFE) .- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned American companies on Tuesday about the dangers of doing business in China and also in Hong Kong, who stressed that Washington does not it will no longer give any kind of preferential treatment. “Hong Kong was a special place, it is not anymore,” Pompeo defended in an interview at an event organized by The Wall Street Journal, in which he referred to the former British colony as “nothing more than another city governed by the Chinese communism ”. As he insisted, “the world, the business community should treat it like that and the US government is very close to a place where it will do just that.” A few hours earlier, in the same forum, the head of the Government of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, had defended that the principle of “one country, two systems” and respect for rights and freedoms “is still very much alive”, with a system fair, impartial, transparent and independent legal system. “Nothing has changed, the only difference is that we do not see these chaotic scenes, disruptive for business,” he said. Following the passage of the controversial National Security Law that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong last June, Washington announced in July that it will end the special economic and commercial treatment that its government gave to Hong Kong. In addition, it has since imposed sanctions on several officials, including Lam, with a final round announced by Pompeo on Monday. The Secretary of State stressed that, although the Government will try to protect US companies in China, doing business in the country involves significant risks and assured that, privately, some executives have told him that they feel “cheated” there. The Trump administration has imposed tough trade measures against China and an increasingly tough political stance toward Beijing, a trend Pompeo deemed will be irreversible no matter who sits in the White House. (c) EFE Agency

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