Last week, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that removed the city’s special trade status in response to the national security law, while he also signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. Photo: Bloomberg Last week, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that removed the city’s special trade status in response to the national security law, while he also signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. Photo: Bloomberg
Last week, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that removed the city’s special trade status in response to the national security law, while he also signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. Photo: Bloomberg
Stuart Harbinson
Opinion

Opinion

Stuart Harbinson

US’ perverse bullying of Hong Kong on trade will prove counterproductive

  • Hong Kong should explore World Trade Organisation action in response to US revoking special trading status as a matter of principle
  • Donald Trump has railed against US trade deficits, but its highest goods trade surplus in 2018 was with Hong Kong

Last week, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that removed the city’s special trade status in response to the national security law, while he also signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. Photo: Bloomberg Last week, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that removed the city’s special trade status in response to the national security law, while he also signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. Photo: Bloomberg
Last week, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that removed the city’s special trade status in response to the national security law, while he also signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. Photo: Bloomberg
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Stuart Harbinson

Stuart Harbinson

Stuart Harbinson served as a senior Hong Kong government trade policy official and negotiator in the 1980s and 1990s. He was Hong Kong's representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from 1994 to 2002, after which he became chief of staff to WTO director general Supachai Panitchpakdi and then special adviser to his successor, Pascal Lamy. He is a fellow of the Asia Global Institute and the European Centre for International Economic Policy, and a senior consultant on international trade for Hume Brophy.