US measures against Hong Kong unlikely to be rolled back under a Biden presidency, analysts say

US measures against Hong Kong unlikely to be rolled back under a Biden presidency, analysts say

Donald Trump’s earlier moves to sanction Hong Kong officials and end the city’s special trade status are unlikely to be rolled back, even if his challenger Joe Biden secures the US presidency, political watchers say.

But while Biden was expected to press on with tough policies against China – especially in relation to technology and the economy – he was less likely to use Hong Kong as a pawn than his predecessor, and would be more inclined to return to diplomatic norms in the United States’ ongoing tussles with China, they added.

“Biden will still have to deal with some of Trump’s legacies,” said Wilson Chan Wai-shun, secretary general of the Global Studies Institute (Hong Kong) think tank, explaining the position the Democratic Party candidate would find himself in should he win.

With Biden edging closer to securing the 270 electoral college votes needed to claim the White House, local political pundits began to assess what his election would mean for Hong Kong, which has been stuck in the middle of a tug of war between Beijing and Washington for months.