The US-China relations have hit a rough patch on the issues of trade, the origins of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Beijing's new security crackdown in Hong Kong, Uighur crackdown and the communist nation's aggressive military moves in the disputed South China Sea.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that his country is "terminating" its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).
"We will take steps to withdraw Hong Kong's preferred treatment as a separate customs and travel area from the rest of China", Trump said.
They seized on the protests in Minneapolis and other USA cities to portray the United States as a hotbed of hypocrisy.
Trump said his administration will review "the full range of agreements" the United States has with Hong Kong, ranging from the extradition treaty to export controls, with "few exceptions".
Details of the laws remain unclear, even to Hong Kong officials, but are expected to be enacted by China's parliament this summer.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said the security law does not affect the "legitimate rights and freedoms" of Hong Kong citizens.
As violence broke out in the United States over the weekend, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying also took aim at Washington on Saturday. The situation has been seen as fundamental to Hong Kong's role as an attractive investment destination and global financial hub.
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"Beijing would likely have factored in the loss of Hong Kong's special status in its decision-making process; this is unlikely to come as a surprise and won't change the CCP's plans", Kassam said.
The mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party said USA moves to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong "grossly interfere" in China's internal affairs and are "doomed to fail".
What could losing United States "special status" mean for Hong Kong? "To those of us who do: it is long overdue for the entire world to wage war against racism".
Speaking hours after Trump said the city no longer warranted economic privileges and that some officials could face sanctions, security minister John Lee told reporters that Hong Kong could not be threatened and would push ahead with the new laws.
Not only does the move deprive the main worldwide public-health agency of its biggest funding source in the middle of a global pandemic, it effectively bolsters the Chinese influence to which Trump had objected.
Chinese experts said Mr Trump's announcements were a political gambit to shift blame to China, and said they did not expect a major official reaction from Beijing.
Beijing's resolve to move forward appears to have been hardened by the months of anti-government protests previous year and a determination to prevent them from coming back this summer. As it now stands, the Basic Law - Hong Kong's constitutional document - clearly sets out that the local legislature has the responsibility to 'enact laws on its own to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion...' This is covered in Article 23.
"I may encounter other problems such as racial discrimination", said Lo, who has studied in NY and worked in Beijing.