The U.S. is taking further actions to pressure China into reversing its plans to pass national security legislation on Hong Kong.
For more details, we have Kim Do-yeon on line with us... Do-yeon, tell us what specific actions have been taken in the past few hours.
Se-min, both the State and Commerce Departments of the U.S. are preparing to take actions should Beijing pass the national security legislation that would be imposed on Hong Kong.
For the State Department, Secretary Mike Pompeo released a statement saying the agency will ban all exports to Hong Kong related to military equipment.
The statement read that with the new law, the U.S. will not be able to clearly tell whether the equipment will be passed onto the People's Liberation Army of China.
For the Commerce Department, Secretary Wilbur Ross said that U.S. will suspend preferential treatment of Hong Kong, including the availability of export license exceptions.
Both officials added that further actions are being evaluated by their departments.
Now, the Chinese government has repeatedly warned foreign countries to stay out of what it says are domestic matters... and has been firm that the law will pass regardless of outside pressures?
Yes, Se-min, Beijing is adamant on passing the law. On Tuesday, the spokesman for China's foreign ministry warned the international community to respect China's sovereignty... take a listen.
"Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs and no foreign country has the right to interfere. The Chinese government is firmly determined to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests."
As for the passing of the law, the National People's Congress Standing Committee of China started to meet on Sunday... and the meeting is due to continue until today.
The process has been unusually fast as a law usually takes around two to four months to pass, but this law could be passed just a month since the draft was introduced.
This means it could be enacted as soon as Wednesday, July 1st, which is the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from the UK to China.
The new law would allow the Chinese government to punish the residents of Hong Kong for actions it considers to be secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference.
Back to you, Se-min.