19 Dec U.s.-Hong Kong Bilateral Agreements
“As part of the “ongoing implementation measures” adopted on 14 the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday announced the suspension or suspension of three bilateral agreements signed between the HKSAR government and the U.S. government, namely the Agreement on the Provision of Criminals (SFO), the Agreement on the Transfer of Convicted Persons (TSP) and the Agreement on Tax Exemptions from The Revenues of the International Ship Operation,” the statement said. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the agreements were concerned with “the release of fugitives, the transfer of convicted persons and reciprocal exemptions for income from the international operation of ships.” On August 19, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the suspension or denunciation of three bilateral agreements with Hong Kong. These agreements cover the surrender of refugees, transfers and convicted prisoners, as well as mutual tax exemptions on international shipping revenues.  The U.S. foreign policy toward Hong Kong, based on the desire to promote Hong Kong`s prosperity, autonomy and way of life, is outlined in the Us-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992. It foresees that the United States would continue to deter Hong Kong from the People`s Republic of China, even after the transfer of sovereignty in 1997, which marked the end of British rule. The United States has considerable economic and political interests in Hong Kong. The United States supports Hong Kong`s autonomy through the conclusion and implementation of bilateral agreements; Promoting trade and investment Organization of high-level visits; Extending law enforcement cooperation; Strengthening the links between education, teaching and culture; and the support of the large community of American citizens and visitors. The Hong Kong government said the U.S.
decision to terminate the agreements “shows a lack of respect for bilateral and multilateral ism under the current government and should be condemned by the international community.” It is one of three bilateral treaties that were suspended on Wednesday. Hong Kong on Thursday strongly condemned the U.S. decision to end three bilateral agreements with the city`s government, officials said. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday that Washington had suspended or denounced three bilateral agreements with the semi-autonomous city after China introduced a comprehensive national security law.  U.S. Department of State, 2019 Hong Kong Policy Act Report, state.gov/2019-hong-kong-policy-act-report/ (last visited on 8.20.90). The law that prescribes section 301 reports was extinguished twice before being re-enacted and extended. As a result, there are no Section 301 reports for the period up to March 31, 2001 or for periods up to March 31, 2007 until 2018.
“The termination of the agreements increases the operating costs of the shipping companies involved, particularly U.S. companies, as they will be subject to double taxation. It would hinder the development of the maritime sector between Hong Kong and the United States and would not interest anyone,” said a Hong Kong government spokesman.  U.S. Department of State, 2020 Hong Kong Policy Act Report, state.gov/2020-hong-kong-policy-act-report/ (last visited on 8.20.90). “The Chinese Communist Party has chosen to dismantle the freedoms and autonomy of the people of Hong Kong,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote on Twitter.