Ross: Trump considering 'whole menu' of options against China on Hong Kong law

Ross: Trump considering 'whole menu' of options against China on Hong Kong law
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE is considering a "whole menu" of options in response to a proposed Chinese national security law that would compromise Hong Kong's semi-autonomous status, Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossResearch finds Uighurs targeted by Chinese spyware as part of surveillance campaign A storm is coming for Mexico under USMCA Trump signs order directing federal government to focus on skills when hiring MORE said on Wednesday.

"There's a whole menu of potential things that he could do," he said on Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria."

China's proposed law would effectively end the "one country, two systems" arrangement that has allowed Hong Kong to maintain certain democratic freedoms.

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The legislation comes at a fraught time in U.S.-China relations. Trump has blamed China for the global coronavirus pandemic and has sought to paint his presumptive Democratic opponent in the presidential race, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign raised M more than Trump in the month of June RNC, Trump campaign raised 1M in June Michigan shuts down most indoor bar service in bid to prevent virus resurgence MORE, as soft on China.

The status of the "Phase One" trade deal signed earlier in the year, which scaled back tariffs and included promises from China to buy billions of dollars worth of American goods, could be in jeopardy.

Ross on Wednesday also noted that the U.S. had also been restricting some Chinese companies from being able to access certain U.S. technologies by adding them to what's called the "entity list."

"We more recently put 33 more Chinese entities on our so-called entity list. That was mainly for human rights violations relating to the Uighurs, a very beleaguered part of the Chinese population," Ross said.

But he would not predict whether China would move to cancel its Phase One purchases as a result.

"I think we shouldn't prejudge either what the president will do or what the Chinese might do in response," Ross said.

"This is a very delicate situation. A lot of things need to be balanced," he added.