US President Donald Trump has taken on a stronger stance against China, signing the Hong Kong Autonomy Act which removes Hong Kong’s preferential status and imposes sanctions on Chinese officials. MLI senior fellow Charles Burton joined CTV News to discuss what this means for Hong Kong and China.
“That’s quite an effective measure,” says Burton of the imminent US sanctions against Chinese officials complicit in the crackdown of Hong Kong. “To indicate the US’s displeasure and to hit the Chinese in the pocketbook, it will limit their ability to access assets in the United States.”
Burton also discusses the sanctions, the national security law, and President Trump’s remarks on China’s accountability for the COVID-19 pandemic.