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U.s.-Hong Kong Bilateral Agreements

[13] U.S. Department of State, 2020 Hong Kong Policy Act Report, (recent visit 20.8.90). “The Chinese Communist Party has chosen to break the freedoms and autonomy of the people of Hong Kong,” Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said on Twitter. “Because of the CCP`s actions, we are announcing or suspending three of our bilateral agreements with the region.” U.S. foreign policy toward Hong Kong, based on a determination to promote Hong Kong`s prosperity, autonomy, and way of life, is set out in the U.S.-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992. It provides that the United States would continue to treat Hong Kong separately from the People`s Republic of China, even after the transfer of sovereignty in 1997, which marked the end of British rule. The United States has important economic and political interests in Hong Kong. The United States supports Hong Kong`s autonomy through the conclusion and implementation of bilateral agreements; trade and investment promotion; organize high-level visits; strengthening law enforcement cooperation; strengthen educational, academic and cultural ties; and the support of the large community of American citizens and visitors. It is one of three bilateral treaties suspended on Wednesday. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the terminated agreements included “the surrender of fugitive offenders, the transfer of convicted persons and reciprocal tax exemptions for income from the international operation of ships.” WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said it informed Hong Kong on Wednesday that Washington had suspended or denounced three bilateral agreements with the semi-autonomous city after China passed a comprehensive national security law. Hong Kong is an independent customs territory and an economic entity distinct from the PRC and which, under the Basic Law, may separately conclude international agreements in trade, economic and legal matters. The Hong Kong government said the U.S.

decision to end the agreements “showed a lack of respect for bilateralism and multilateralism under the current government and should be condemned by the international community.” [12] U.S. Department of State, 2019 Hong Kong Policy Act Report, (recent visit 20.8.90). The law required by Section 301 Reports fell twice before being reissued and extended. Accordingly, there are no section 301 reports for the period ending March 31, 2001 or for the periods ending March 31, 2007 to 2018. The three agreements concern the transfer of refugees and convicted prisoners. They also apply to reciprocal tax exemptions on income from international shipping, the ministry said. . . .