By imposing national security law in Hong Kong via Annex III, Beijing is planning to go the promulgation route and implement the law very quickly, without consulting LegCo or any other local institution.
Most recently, President Trump has announced that he would block Hong Kong's trading privileges after China's ceremonial parliament voted to bypass the semi-autonomous territory in enacting national security legislation.
The Hong Kong government, in a statement released on Saturday night, said that Trump and his administration "continue to smear and demonize" Beijing's rights to "safeguard national security" in the city.
In regard to the sanctions and trade restrictions against Hong Kong, the government believes they're not justified.
In Hong Kong, the city's secretary for justice defended the Chinese government's decision to draft national security legislation and said, it's wrong to say Hong Kong is becoming one country, one systems.
The mouthpiece newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party said that the U.S. decision to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong "grossly interferes" in China's internal affairs and is "doomed to fail". As a result, he said the territory no longer warranted United States economic privileges.
Trump's claim that Hong Kong now operated under "one country, one system" was completely false and ignored the facts on the ground, the spokesman said.
"We will take action to revoke Hong Kong's preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China", Trump said.
"As Beijing once again undermines democracy, we can not let them profit from violating the Joint Declaration and trying to crush the spirit of Hong Kong's people", Rubio said.
In all, 5,585 people left Hong Kong for Taiwan in 2019, an increase of 41 per cent, the government said.
"We hope that it also solidifies a global alliance of defense for Hong Kong". The Chinese embassy in Washington yesterday put out a brief statement on the website saying that Hong Kong is an internal matter.
The new security law would criminalize any act of secession, subversion and terrorism in Hong Kong. "We categorically reject the outside interference detrimental to the security and the social, economic development of Hong Kong".
Mr. Zeman, who has lived in Hong Kong for decades, said that over time he has seen cycles of events where some companies might exit - such as in 1989 after the Tiananmen Square massacre or in 1997 when China reclaimed sovereignty from Britain. Police stand guard on a road to deter pro-democracy protesters from blocking roads in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020.
Capital Economics said short-term economic damage to Hong Kong "would be manageable" if the USA rescinded trade privileges.
China's state-run Global Times newspaper called Mr Trump's announcement "recklessly arbitrary".
The Hong Kong government has had a long history of working ties with USA counterparts, distinct from Beijing, with cooperation on counter-terrorism, trade and money laundering.
As a result, the USA has bilateral agreements on trade, investment, law enforcement with Hong Kong. They sang Glory to Hong Kong, chanted slogans to demand democracy and an independent investigation into police misconduct while riot police stood by outside.
In today's White House speech, Trump said "China has total control over the World Health Organization", despite paying the organisation a fraction of what the United States does.
Hawkish Republicans have been clamouring to kick out Chinese students enrolled in sensitive fields.
"Despite the war of words, and despite the cyber attacks and economic espionage and a whole range of issues, I think there is an opportunity to have discussions perhaps at the technical level", Thompson said.
But any move to deter students is unwelcome for United States universities, which rely increasingly on tuition from foreigners and have already been hit hard by the Covid-19 shutdown.
"And withdrawing could make it harder to work with other countries to stop viruses before they get to the United States".
Trump's order could also trigger retaliation.
He added: "The Chinese Communist Party officials responsible for these human rights abuses must be held accountable".