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US President Donald Trump has said the Chinese government's moves to introduce a controversial security law in Hong Kong are a "tragedy".
In a major statement on China, the president announced he would start to end preferential US treatment for the city in trade and travel.
He also said he was "terminating" the US relationship with the World Health Organization over Covid-19.
The territory, a former British colony, enjoys unique freedoms not seen in mainland China. But many people there see the looming security law as bringing an end to Hong Kong's special status, agreed under a 1997 agreement between China and the UK.
"China has replaced One Country, Two Systems with One Country, One System", Mr Trump told reporters in the White House's Rose Garden, in a prepared statement that attacked China on several fronts. "This is a tragedy for Hong Kong."
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