News analysis

US moves over Hong Kong further fray China ties, but may have limited effect on Beijing

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WASHINGTON - Relations between China and the United States took a turn for the worse on Friday (May 29) when President Donald Trump announced a series of measures intended to exact a price from Beijing for changing the status quo in Hong Kong.

But the measures related to Hong Kong were not unexpected. The US will revoke Hong Kong's preferential treatment as a customs and travel territory. While finer details have yet to emerge, this in effect means Hong Kong will be treated the same as mainland China.

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