The ‘continuous blow’ pushed the US and China into a deep hole of tension

The 'continuous blow' pushed the US and China into a deep hole of tension 5

The ‘continuous blow’ pushed the US and China into a deep hole of tension

On the evening of August 6, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning all individuals and organizations in the US from transacting with ByteDance and Tencent, owners of TikTok and WeChat, after the next 45 days.

On the same day, the US government also published a recommendation proposing to exclude Chinese companies from US stock exchanges, unless they provide US regulators with full access to their accounts.

Just a few hours after Trump’s order, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on 11 individuals who `undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and prohibit the freedom of opinion or assembly`, including the chief executive.

Previously on July 31, the US Treasury Department also punished the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), along with former XPCC Party Secretary Sun Kim Long and XPCC Deputy Party Secretary Peng Jia Thuy, with

In addition to the above moves, Washington has recently launched a series of other significant `attacks` against Beijing, such as the decision to close the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, or increased calls for allies to prevent the

US President Donald Trump spoke in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 6.

According to Axios commentator Bethany Allen-Ebrahmian, in just a few weeks, Washington has proposed or implemented the most `hawkish` policies toward Beijing in decades, including moves with potentially serious consequences.

`We are entering a gray area in US-China relations,` said Evan Medeiros, top Asia advisor at the White House under former president Barack Obama, referring to the precarious state of bilateral relations.

`This is a strange moment in the relationship. It seems the Trump administration is actively setting up a strategic confrontation, while Beijing sends the message ‘why can’t we get along?’

Before Washington launched its recent tough moves, US-China relations had fallen to their worst level since diplomatic relations were established four decades ago, according to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

In a supposed attempt to redirect criticism of Washington’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump repeatedly blamed Beijing for not controlling the `Chinese virus`.

According to some analysts, the Trump administration’s moves also help confirm the message of the US President’s re-election campaign, that Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate, is too soft in the face of threats from the US.

Responding to the US Treasury Department’s sanctions on senior officials in the special zone government, Hong Kong called this `blatant and cruel interference` in China’s internal affairs, by making

`The US government’s latest move, the so-called sanctions against our senior officials, is a completely disrespectful effort and will weaken Hong Kong’s relations with the US at many levels.`

Previously, the US canceled Hong Kong’s special trade status after China imposed a new security law on the special zone.

Leigh Hansson, an expert at the law firm Reed Smith, assessed the sanctions against Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam as `the most serious increase in tensions` between the US and China in recent months, because Washington rarely

`I wouldn’t be surprised if all the banks are confused and wondering what they should do,` Hansson said.

Jude Blanchette, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), also commented that the US sanctions on Mrs. Lam `will create a ripple effect throughout Hong Kong, affecting even the central role in Hong Kong.`

According to Blanchette, Hong Kong has already become `an unstable market` after the security law was imposed and now the fact that the US has put Chief Executive Lam on the sanctions list will `unavoidably make businesses here scared.`

The 'continuous blow' pushed the US and China into a deep hole of tension

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the new security law to the press on July 6.

The orders targeting ByteDance and Tencent, owners of TikTok and WeChat, are also expected to have a huge impact.

`Washington is trying to prevent Beijing from becoming a superpower. All of those moves will leave a bad impression in China, where nationalism is very strong,` said Yik Chan Chin, global communications researcher.

The influence of WeChat in particular and Tencent in general is said to be `rooted` in China, as well as the Chinese community abroad.

Jason Gui, co-founder of San Francisco startup Vue Smart Glasses, said his team relies on WeChat to communicate with suppliers in China, so the ban on transactions with the app’s parent company

`When the US imposed those bans, they probably didn’t realize how entangled the US-China relationship had become. Our communication circuit with the Chinese side depends on WeChat. The ban will hurt

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on August 6 seemed to try to `extend an olive branch` when calling on the US not to divide the two countries and stop efforts to `create a so-called new Cold War`.

According to NPR commentator John Ruwitch, Beijing’s message to Washington now is to stop and return to normal relations.

However, this commentator said that the US sanctioning the chief executive of Hong Kong will `anger` China, prompting the country to retaliate.

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