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    Quote Originally Posted by mucaari:
    Yeah, we all know US legislators prefer to spend their holidays in Hainan.
    This seems like a more concerning announcement. The Chinese policy is for "US individuals," not just legislators or State Department officials, and isn't tied to any specific action but "behaving egregiously" with respect to HK. So it could sweep in US businesspeople, academics, researchers, etc. with ties to or a need to be in China. Could it also include HK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by prospectiveHKer:
    This seems like a more concerning announcement. The Chinese policy is for "US individuals," not just legislators or State Department officials, and isn't tied to any specific action but "behaving egregiously" with respect to HK. So it could sweep in US businesspeople, academics, researchers, etc. with ties to or a need to be in China. Could it also include HK?
    Beijing could, but that would only harm HK further. Introducing uncertainities as to whether an American business person can enter HK will only result in them investing elsewhere. Beijing may think that would not matter as they can replace them with mainland investment. Close off HK from the world in other words. But in that case, why should US allow HK access to US dollars and the global trading system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coolboy:
    Beijing could, but that would only harm HK further. Introducing uncertainities as to whether an American business person can enter HK will only result in them investing elsewhere. Beijing may think that would not matter as they can replace them with mainland investment. Close off HK from the world in other words. But in that case, why should US allow HK access to US dollars and the global trading system?
    If Beijing were so concerned about this it would not be implementing the National Security Law that has financial firms concerned they won't even be able to issue honest reports about investments. It's very hard to have any faith Beijing is acting even in its own interest, let alone Hong Kong's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prospectiveHKer:
    If Beijing were so concerned about this it would not be implementing the National Security Law that has financial firms concerned they won't even be able to issue honest reports about investments. It's very hard to have any faith Beijing is acting even in its own interest, let alone Hong Kong's.
    Beijing thinks it is clever. By letting Trump have his phase 1 deal, they could then threaten Trump with severing this deal if the US crosses Beijing's "red lines" like HK, Taiwan, Xinjiang and Tibet. Beijing knows Trump is up for re-election and is clinging to this deal to show his electorate of his "success". His public rhetoric notwithstanding, Beijing knows Trump cannot afford to walk away from the deal. In doing so, Beijing believes they can deter the US from taking action on HK.

    But Beijing could be miscalculating here. Trump could lose. Biden, if he is elected, may have no problem getting rid of the phase 1 trade deal. And the Democrats care far more about human rights and freedoms than Trump ever did, they could push China far harder on HK.

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    @ArrynField does engage in whataboutery then goes quiet if a point is untenable. It is funny to see posters such as this go quiet on a topic. The feebleness of the approach and content is amusing.

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