President Donald Trump signed legislation and an executive order on Tuesday that he said will hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong.
“Democratic Joe Biden and President Obama freely allowed China to pillage our factories, plunder our communities and steal our most precious secrets,” Trump said, claiming that he has “stopped it largely.”
Trump said as vice president, Biden advocated for the Paris Agreement addressing climate change. Trump withdrew the US from the accord. “It'd have crushed American manufacturers while allowing China to pollute the atmosphere with impunity, yet one more gift from Biden to the Chinese Communist Party,” Trump said.
The legislation Trump signed into law targets police units that have cracked down on Hong Kong protesters as well as Chinese Communist Party officials responsible for imposing a new, strict national security law widely seen as chipping away at Hong Kong’s autonomy, reports AP.
Hong Kong is considered a special administrative region within China and has its own governing and economic systems.
“Their freedom has been taken away. Their rights have been taken away, and with it goes Hong Kong in my opinion because it will no longer be able to compete with free markets. A lot of people will be leaving Hong Kong, I suspect.” Trump said.
China called the legislation gross interference in its internal affairs and warned it would respond by imposing sanctions on related American individuals and entities.