Today News – In US-China trade war, Hong Kong must protect its unique interests | Trending News

2018-09-23T12:19:20+00:00 September 23rd, 2018|


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lack humor in politics is not unusual and amid the escalating us-china trade war Hong Kong can be caught up in some of the irony with all the flip-flopping from Washington inviting Beijing for a new round of high-level talks this week on the one hand and US President Donald Trump’s deciding to impose 200 billion dollars worth of new tariffs on Chinese products on the other it was only a natural course of action for Beijing to review its initial plan of sending President Xi Jinping’s trusted economic aid Lew heap to meet his American counterpart with Liu’s trip now cancelled Hong Kong’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific has launched its inaugural direct flight to Washington and with a special delegation comprising members of major local chambers of commerce on board they include representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce along with Hong Kong’s top official in charge of trade Edward yachting WA the secretary for commerce and economic development knows only too well this is by no means an opportunity for him to join the first group of dignitaries for a pleasant trip using the city’s own carrier nor does he need to spend more than 15 hours in the air to show support for this new direct route which the government expects will bring economic benefits he is on a much more important mission to convince the u.s. to maintain Hong Kong special status and thus spare the city from possible collateral damage stemming from the trade war his agenda includes talks to ensure the u.s. keeps its promise to deal with post 1 9 9 7 Hong Kong separately from mainland China in terms of trade and economic matters in accordance with a special act the US Congress passed back in 1992 why Trump’s trade war is a blessing in disguise for Chinese leaders this seeming non-issue has all of a sudden become something young and even Beijing cannot ignore due to calls for independence in the city Beijing has a policy of zero tolerance regarding independence advocacy despite most Hong Kongers viewing separatist talk is a fantasy that will go nowhere it was against such a backdrop that yellow and the group started their journey this weekend and their arrival in Washington coincides with the latest round of tariffs taking effect a further 10 percent followed by an increase to 25 on January 1st 2019 what bad timing however what is good our bed can be relative sometimes and this is where the black humor come earlier when local independence advocate Andy Chan houghton wrote to the US State Department urging Washington to abolish its special treatment of the city under the Hong Kong Policy Act claiming democracy here was under threat Yao’s office immediately rebutted the accusation and the top American envoy to the city Kurt Tong dismissed any foreseeable policy change by hailing Hong Kong US relations as very good tongs remarks were no doubt encouraging tiao in particular and Shen may not have realized he had unwittingly down the commerce chief a favor by triggering the US diplomats open support for Hong Kong whoever 4yo in the delegation the real test is to come in the following days it’s not as simple as issuing a statement to condemn Chan but to explain in a convincing way the complexity of Hong Kong’s current political and economic scenario there by highlighting the city’s unique differences from the mainland in short it’s all about how to protect Hong Kong’s interests in to the maximum without impacting the country’s strategy as a whole while Beijing is contemplating its next step