America just launched a major strike and China is in disarray. Chinese leaders never expected this move from the United States, and it has completely thrown them off. They have no idea what to do next.
“The State Department will impose visa restrictions on certain employees of Chinese technology companies like Huawei that provide material support to regimes engaging in human rights violations and abuses globally,” announced Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week.
Pompeo’s announcement coincides with Trump’s recent executive order to punish China in another way. “Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China: no special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive technologies,” said Trump.
In regards to Huawei, the Trump administration has expressed concern for some time — such as extending a previous executive order in May “banning US companies from working with or buying telecommunications equipment from companies deemed a national security risk until May 2021.”
The Chinese government couldn’t be in a more difficult situation. Still reeling for the COVID-19 crisis, particularly their alleged cover-up that has precipitated calls for an investigation worldwide, now Chinese Communist Party leaders are in defensive mode over their treatment of Hong Kong.
Even before Trump was elected president, he was taking the fight to China by calling out their unfair trade practices and economic manipulation of markets. This is another reason why Joe Biden must never reach the White House — he would return relations with China to the status quo.
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