U.S. cuts high-tech sales to China to protest Hong Kong crackdown
The Trump administration said it was now blocking transfers of sensitive U.S. technology to Hong Kong after China on Tuesday formally put in place a harsh new national security law on the former British territory.
Chinese officials said they acted because of local Beijing-backed officials had failed to quell growing unrest and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, even as the move brought swift condemnation from the U.S., Europe and Taiwan.
â€śWe hope the law will serve as a deterrent to prevent people from stirring up trouble,â€ť said Tam Yiu-chung, Hong Kongâ€™s sole representative on the governmentâ€™s Standing Committee â€śDonâ€™t let Hong Kong be used as a tool to split the country.â€ť...
Stan was a high school student in 1997, and later emigrated to Australia for higher education. For him at that time, July 1 was just another public holiday in Hong Kong.
"There was a lot of news saying that Hong Kong was returning to the motherland. The [local] government was celebrating, setting up events to celebrate this historic event," the now 37-year-old, who asked not to disclose his surname, said.
"I think in 1997 people were quite optimistic, especially the younger generations.
"China was growing rapidly. There's still some good news about China."
But Stan said he noticed that many of his high school friends started moving overseas after 1997.
"For every class, you can see at least four or five people actually migrated to either the United States, Canada or Australia," he said.
"It was sad because people were leaving. But now after 23 years, you can actually see why people [were] leaving."
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I'd like to hear comments from our posters in England since they understand better than us Americans how Hong Kong came under British control, the terms of the 99-yr lease, etc. I believe it has something to do with the famous Opium Wars of the late 1800s.