Trump says US to sanction China for handling of Hong Kong, terminate relationship with WHO

Trump says US to sanction China for handling of Hong Kong, terminate relationship with WHO


    President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. will end its partnership with the World Health Organization over its treatment of the outbreak in China and will begin the process of removing special trade benefits for Hong Kong due to the enforcement of a new protection law by the Chinese government in the semi-autonomous region.

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    Combined with the cancelation of visas to some Chinese residents, the two steps come as a growing gap between the two countries.
    Trump, who has been complaining about the World Health Organization for weeks as the death toll of viuses in the United States has surged,  The global health body has said it has not responded sufficiently to the outbreak because China has "absolute influence" over the global organization.

    "We have outlined the changes that it will carry out and communicate with them directly, but they have declined to act," the White House president said. "Since they have failed to carry out the much-needed and much-needed changes, we will be terminating the relationship today."

    The U.S. is the WHO's largest source of financial funding and its withdrawal is expected to dramatically weaken the organization. Trump said the U.S. should "redirect" the money to "other urgent global public health needs worldwide"  No details were given. He said Chinese officials "ignored" their reporting obligations to the World Health Organization and pressured it to mislead the world when the virus was first identified.
    He noted that the U.S. is contributing about $450 million to the global body while China is providing about $40 million.
    For more than a year, tensions over Hong Kong have escalated as China has cracked down on the demonstrators and tried to assert more control over the former British territory.


    Trump said the administration would begin to remove the "full-spectrum" of deals that had provided Hong Kong the absence of a partnership with the U.S., including trade and extradition, on China.  He said the State Department should begin to alert U.S. people of the danger of arrest and surveillance while entering the area.

    The president also said some Chinese people should suspend entry from the U.S. He didn't include details but officials said the administration was considering expelling thousands of Chinese graduate students studying at U.S. universities this week.              

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