Pompeo says Hong Kong no longer warrants pre-1997 treatment

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had certified on Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer warrants special treatment under U.S. law in the same way as when it was under British rule, a potentially big blow to its status as a major financial hub.

Pompeo’s certification to the U.S. Congress follows China’s announcement of a plan to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong which has triggered new street protests in the territory, with police firing tear gas and water cannon.

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