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International relations

US ends defense exports to Hong Kong, diminishing special status

Pompeo says sending materiel to the territory is tantamount to sending it to mainland China

Sailors on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson prepare to shift colors as the ship anchors in Hong Kong. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States began eliminating Hong Kong's special status under U.S. law on Monday, halting defense exports and restricting the territory's access to high-technology products as China prepares new Hong Kong security legislation.

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