On May 29, President Trump announced in a White House news conference the US government would “begin the process” to revoke the “full range of agreements” providing the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China separate treatment from mainland China under US law on topics including “export controls on dual use technologies,” among others, “with few exceptions.” The United States also plans to sanction Chinese and Hong Kong officials “directly or indirectly involved in eroding” Hong Kong’s autonomy.

The president’s announcement contained few specifics on the proposed measures or a timeline for their implementation. Similarly, no Executive Order has been issued by the president identifying any specific changes to be made. We anticipate additional guidance and actions from the White House and relevant agencies, including the US Departments of State, Treasury, and Commerce, in the coming days and weeks.

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