US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said his country is ending three key bilateral agreements with Hong Kong, the latest in a series of punitive measures against Beijing for its recent imposition of a Chinese national security law on the territory.
Pompeo said the U.S. will terminate its extradition agreement with Hong Kong and refuse to transfer sentenced persons to the territory. The other measures include ending “reciprocal tax exemptions on income derived from the international operation of ships,” the Secretary of State said.
The moves are part of an executive order President Trump signed last month ending America’s special relationship with Hong Kong as separate from the ruling Chinese Communist Party in Beijing.
“These steps underscore our deep concern regarding Beijing’s decision to impose the National Security Law, which has crushed the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong,” Pompeo said in a statement.