The Chinese authorities assured this Friday that Hong Kong’s “success” and “prosperity” lie in the efforts and work of its citizens for decades, and have therefore rejected the influence of third countries such as the United States.
In a press conference, the Asian country’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian insisted that the results achieved in the Chinese Special Administrative Region cannot be attributed to others: “Hong Kong’s status depends on the efforts of the population, generation after generation.”
His words came a day after US President Donald Trump suggested that the city “would never have succeeded” in being under the complete control of the Chinese state and predicted that its market would soon “go to hell”.
Likewise, the Trump administration announced that Hong Kong exports must have a Chinese designation of origin, a measure that complements sanctions against a dozen senior officials at the Asian giant following the entry into force of Hong Kong’s new national security law. Kong.
For his part, Hong Kong Minister for Trade and Economic Development Edward Yau has indicated that the government is examining how this new measure of origin and labeling can be challenged before the International Labor Organization (ILO). “We’ll see how we can deal with what examples there are in the past,” he said.