As part of the ongoing implementation measures, we informed the Hong Kong authorities on 19 August of the suspension or end of three bilateral agreements. These agreements covered the release of fugitives, the transfer of convicted persons and reciprocal exemptions from income from the international operation of ships. The exact date of the measure`s effectiveness and the details of its impact remain unclear, so the U.S. Treasury is required to provide more detailed guidance. [The IRS, on October 20, 2020, announced that the shipping contract will expire on January 1, 2021 and will come into effect for fiscal years as of or after that date.] The constant drumming of the actions taken against China is in line with a key element of Trump`s campaign strategy. Political strategists are trying to show the president that it is hard to keep the national dialogue out of its failures in managing the pandemic and the economy. “The termination of the agreements increases the operating costs of the shipping companies involved, particularly U.S. companies, as they will be subject to double taxation. It would hinder the development of the maritime sector between Hong Kong and the United States and would not interest anyone,” said a Hong Kong government spokesman.  U.S. Department of State, 2020 Hong Kong Policy Act Report, state.gov/2020-hong-kong-policy-act-report/ (last visited on 8.20.90). U.S.
officials also shut down the Chinese consulate in Houston, citing diplomats` economic espionage efforts to steal scientific research. Some students linked to Chinese military installations have been barred from entering the United States. Morgan Ortagus, a spokesman for the agency, said in a statement that the agreements, which are unilaterally cancelled or suspended, include the transfer of refugees, the transfer of convicted persons and reciprocal tax exemptions for the incomes of international vessels. The legislation punishes from life imprisonment anything China considers secession, subversion, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces, and has drawn criticism from Western countries who fear that the law will end the freedoms promised when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997. The effect of the U.S. income tax of the Hong Kong Policy Act is that Hong Kong is still treated as a separate sovereign under the code and is therefore considered separate from the PRC. This point was explicitly implemented by the Ministry of Finance and the IRS in Communication 97-40.  Section II of Communication 97-40 expressly states that the 1987 maritime agreement will continue to apply after July 1, 1997, in accordance with its terms, which will grant Hong Kong a reciprocal exemption under Section 883 A (1) and consider Hong Kong and the PRC to be separate countries.  The policy aspect for each country has an impact on other provisions of the code, including the provisions of Subsection F, Section 892, and the Rules on Consolidated Double Losses.