US moves to nudge China to give way on Hong Kong security law

HK govt slams move to revoke city's special status; too early to determine impact, say observers

Protesters rallying against Beijing's new national security law for Hong Kong outside the Chinese consulate in Brisbane, Australia, yesterday. The legislation paves the way for China to enact a controversial anti-sedition law in Hong Kong aimed at su
Protesters rallying against Beijing's new national security law for Hong Kong outside the Chinese consulate in Brisbane, Australia, yesterday. The legislation paves the way for China to enact a controversial anti-sedition law in Hong Kong aimed at suppressing subversion, terrorism and other threats to national security. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

With the United States moving to end special trade and economic relations with Hong Kong, there is fear that the outcome could hurt the territory more than Beijing, but some observers say it is too early to tell.

Beijing on Thursday passed a legislation that paves the way for China to enact a controversial anti-sedition law in Hong Kong aimed at suppressing subversion, terrorism and other threats to national security.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 31, 2020, with the headline 'US response over security law could hurt HK more than Beijing'. Subscribe