United States weighs limited options to punish China over Hong Kong


WASHINGTON – As US officials weigh the penalty on China for its recent moves in Hong Kong, the city’s status as a global financial center limits the menu of effective levers available to Washington.

According to officials and analysts, major actions against Hong Kong’s financial system may affect American, Western and Hong Kong companies and consumers. More specific sanctions against Chinese officials and trade measures against products manufactured in Hong Kong would have little impact on the integration of the city of Beijing on the mainland …

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