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A notice issued by the United States Custom and Border Protection on Tuesday stated that “with respect to imported goods produced in Hong Kong, such goods may no longer be marked to indicate ‘Hong Kong’ as their origin, but must be marked to indicate ‘China.'” The notice references President Trump’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization from July 14, 2020, in which Hong Kong was deemed “no longer sufficiently autonomous to justify differential treatment in relation to the People’s Republic of China.”
The new security law removed protections previously afforded to those living in Hong Kong that are not afforded under the CCP, including freedom of the press and freedom of speech. On Monday, pro-democracy Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai was arrested and charged with “collusion with a foreign country.” Lai’s two sons and four top executives from Lai’s Next Digital media group were also taken into custody as the police raided the media company’s offices. Beijing also issued sanctions on several prominent U.S. lawmakers on Monday, including Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, and Josh Hawley, among others. CCP foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated that “China has decided to impose sanctions on individuals who have behaved egregiously on Hong Kong-related issues.
This new rule will go into effect on September 25 to account for merchants implementing markings that comply with the ordinance. This move will subject applicable companies trading from Hong Kong to the trade-war tariffs already levied on mainland Chinese exporters. This new requirement comes after the U.S. moved to sanction Chinese officials after the implementation of their new security law, which has been criticized by advocates for Hong Kong’s autonomy as a deviation from the “one country, two systems” model.
Hong Kong exports to US will need ‘made in China’ label, Trump administration says – The Hill – 8/11/2020
China’s government has accused the Trump administration of trying to harm Chinese businesses with unfair regulations and sanctions, while the U.S. has maintained that Chinese firms, particularly those in the tech sector such as Huawei, routinely work with the Chinese military.
U.S. to Label Hong Kong’s Goods as ‘Made in China’ in Blow to City – Bloomberg – 8/10/2020
Hong Kong’s government protested the announcement, which it said ignored Hong Kong’s “unique role” as a member of the World Trade Organization. The city’s government will discuss the decision with the U.S. via its office in Washington D.C., according to its statement , and didn’t rule out taking action against the U.S. decision.
Beijing Attempts To Remake Hong Kong In Its Image As National Security Law Takes Hold – NPR – 8/11/2020
“All the normal democratic proceedings that in the chambers, such as vetoing whatever laws that the government proposed or try to voice dissent,” Ho told NPR, “we are now afraid that such behavior may be considered violating national security law, and they can put you in prison for simply performing your job as an opposition legislator.”
Analysis: Hong Kong’s security law is transforming the city even faster than expected – CNN – 8/11/2020
Hours later on Monday, Agnes Chow, a 23-year-old pro-democracy politician, was arrested on suspicion of inciting secession, another new offense. Chow is a former member of Demosisto, a political party founded by prominent activist Joshua Wong that was disbanded shortly after the security law came into force.