Donald J Trump knows exactly what he is doing, his latest attempt to bring China to the table is causing unrest in Beijing. The United States President has just issued a visa restrictions on Chinese officials including diplomats in entering the country.
The President is finding all methods to rile China up, first it was trade, then 5G, followed by accusation of spying, stealing IP’s and now meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs. His administration has been working tirelessly to go after China, with regards to the current restriction ban it is actual over the new law that is being introduced in Hong Kong. The Act is supposedly to protect the people and bring justice to those who are found guilty causing unrest, however US and Britain accuse it of being curtailing the freedom of the people. According to Mike Pompeo US Secretary of State, the restriction will be applied on all current and former officials who he says “was responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong’s freedom”.
China has called the ‘move’ absurd and unacceptable, adding that Hong Kong is part of PRC and no outsider should interfere with its internal matters. A spokesman reiterated that the implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle in the HKSAR is entirely the internal affairs of China, and no other state or legislature has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, in those internal affairs. Hong Kong despite being part of China enjoys special rights with its own set of law and is usually independently run from the Chinese Government.
Visa ban effects could be hurtful for the Chinese officials who have base in US, some have their family and children studying in Universities there which will now be in limbo. With border control placed on alert for those traveling from Hong Kong and China, the possibility of all Chinese ethnics being scrutinised has just increased.
Trump has vowed to take to harsh actions against those who dislodge Hong Kong’a autonomous status and threatened further measures are being planned. White House is working on additional restriction which could cripple Hong Kong’s financial service economy, many American company have their regional headquarters in the island. Sanctions, could pose a serious threat for these corporations who might look elsewhere to operate from, and this is not the remedy Hong Kong is looking for now.