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For the US, Hong Kong is already ‘just another mainland city’

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Hong Kong had always been extraordinarily compliant with American demands, even long after the 1997 handover. From clearing customs cargos to overhauling banking practices under tough American standards against money-laundering and terrorist financing, the city had bent over backwards.

That may no longer be the case. Witness two recent responses by the government of Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on the most sensitive issues of US sanctions enforcement and trade policy. According to the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Hong Kong is not obliged to enforce sanctions imposed by the United States alone.

That policy covers the case of mainland telecom Huawei ’s chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, who is fighting extradition to the US in Canada for alleged dealings with Iran through a Hong Kong company.........

© South China Morning Post