Trump announced a series of trade and diplomatic sanctions against China
US President Donald Trump at another news conference accused China of suppressing Hong Kong's freedom, initiating a coronavirus pandemic, and numerous trade disruptions with American companies.
“China’s pattern of misconduct is well known. For decades, they have ripped off the United States like no one has ever done before. Hundreds of billions of dollars a year were lost dealing with China, especially over the years during the prior administration. China raided our factories, offshored our jobs, gutted our industries, stole our intellectual property, and violated their commitments under the World Trade Organization. To make matters worse, they are considered a developing nation getting all sorts of benefits that others, including the United States, are not entitled to,” Trump said.
After complaining about financial losses, the US president switched to the fact that Beijing deliberately allowed infected Chinese to travel around the world, although completely cut them off from moving around their own country.
“The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency. Why is it that China shut off infected people from Wuhan to all other parts of China? It went nowhere else. It didn’t go to Beijing; it went nowhere else. But allowed them to freely travel throughout the world, including Europe and the United States.”
Continuing to indict the Chinese government, Trump also explained the reason for the breakdown in relations with WHO.
“China has total control over the World Health Organization, despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year.”
“We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engage with them directly, but they have refused to act. Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving, urgent, global public health needs.”
“I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment.”
“My announcement today will affect the full range of agreements we have with Hong Kong, from our extradition treaty to our export controls on dual-use technologies and more, with few exceptions.”
“We will be revising the State Department’s travel advisory for Hong Kong to reflect the increased danger of surveillance and punishment by the Chinese state security apparatus.”
“We will take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China.”
“The United States will also take necessary steps to sanction PRC and Hong Kong officials directly or indirectly involved in eroding Hong Kong’s autonomy,” concluded Trump.