– The PRC authorities ordered state companies to stop importing soy and pork from the USA – Reuters informed yesterday, citing two anonymous sources. This is a response to Washington’s actions regarding the withdrawal of privileges from Hong Kong, which the US planned to de facto hit Beijing.
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Reuters suggests that Chinese authorities may extend the warrant to other agri-food products from the United States.
It is officially known that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs threatened yesterday “Strong counterattack” on “All US words and actions that undermine Chinese interests in Hong Kong.” Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian objected to other countries’ interference in China’s internal affairs, including Hong Kong activities.
However, the US has its own narrative. President Donald Trump said a few days ago that Hong Kong is now no longer autonomous in practice. Therefore, the USA cannot continue to treat it in a privileged way. He announced on Friday steps to impose sanctions on Hong Kong officials who are taking part in limiting the region’s autonomy.
– Beijing is currently planning to impose a law on national security on Hong Kong. According to the Hong Kong opposition and many Western leaders, this will be a serious interference by central authorities in the affairs of Hong Kong, which since joining the PRC in 1997 enjoys broad autonomy and preferential treatment in trade and financial relations with the US – writes Andrzej Borowiak, a portal journalist bankier.pl.
It is worth noting that increasing imports of American products to China was one of the most important provisions signed in January “First stage” trade agreement.
“The virus that has spread throughout the world from the Chinese province of Wuhan is currently causing a rapid increase in anti-Chinese sentiment in many countries, especially in the United States and Great Britain. A few days ago, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that some political forces in the US are causing US-Chinese relations to be on the verge of a Cold War and that it is dangerous and may threaten global peace. “
– in turn in the Tuesday issue of Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, the president of the Polish Development Fund Paweł Borys.
There are many indications that he is right. The world that emerges from the coronavirus pandemic is now facing two more problems: the economic crisis and the new cold war.