China's effort to ram a potentially overbroad National Security Law through its central government legislature nearly certainly fails this "evaluation" of the Hong Kong government's autonomy, which centers nearly wholly on rule of law and human rights.
Thursday's move was quickly condemned by the United States, Britain, Australia and Canada.
The U.K. government says the new law violates the autonomy and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong, in breach of worldwide treaty commitments.
"We can't let this go unnoticed and they will be held accountable for that", Larry Kudlow told CNBC.
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"President Trump's going to have some big decisions to make, not just tomorrow", Thiessen said.
The UK has joined Australia, Canada and the U.S. in criticising China's decision to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong. Pro-democracy demonstrators fear the legislation will bring the semi-autonomous territory further under Beijing's control.More news: The Last of Us 2 Will Include Some Incredible Tiny Character Details
From a bitter blame game over the coronavirus pandemic to renewed squabbles over trade and Taiwan, tensions between Washington and Beijing are running extremely high over a wide range of key issues - with growing global concern about the possible fallout.
"The organizations said that since the turbulence over proposed legislative amendments in 2019, the prolonged social unrest and escalating street violence in Hong Kong has undermined Hong Kong residents" normal life and severely harmed Hong Kong's prosperity and stability under "one country, two systems". Whlle the scale of the opposition forced the government to abandon the plan, the protests have evolved into broader calls for democracy amid concerns about China's encroachment into Hong Kong's affairs. Dozens of protesters chanted slogans in a shopping mall, but there was no repeat of disturbances the previous day when police made 360 arrests.
Maas' comments come after China's National People's Congress (NPC) voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal to draft the controversial national security bill for Hong Kong. It is expected to be enacted before September.
"Developing a national security law for Hong Kong will save and stabilize Hong Kong", it said in a commentary.
But Hong Kongers and several Western governments see the move as crushing the city's unique freedoms, and Washington has vowed to punish Beijing over it.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had certified on Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer warrants special treatment under U.S. law as it did when it was under British rule.
It added that from 2009 to 2018, the United States trade surplus with Hong Kong was the biggest among all its trading partners, totalling $297 billion of merchandise with 1,300 American firms are based in the city.More news: China's Wuhan checks half the population in massive Covid-19 test
U.S. officials and people familiar with the discussions said the administration was crafting a range of options, including targeted sanctions, new tariffs and further restrictions on Chinese companies.
The New York Times said that the Trump administration was considering annuling visas for thousands of graduate students linked to China's military.
Trump's actions may be tempered by concern for the more than 1,300 U.S. companies that have offices in Hong Kong and provide about 100,000 jobs.
A key question for the U.K.is how to help the 300,000 people in Hong Kong who have British National (Overseas) passports. The worldwide community has a significant and longstanding stake in Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.
Li said the world's two major powers should "respect each other's core interests", urging the United States not to be involved in Hong Kong.
The former British colony enjoys a high degree of autonomy under a "one country, two systems" formula that was agreed when it was returned to Chinese rule in 1997.More news: B.C COVID-19 ICU deaths lower than global numbers