It is all well and good to point the finger at the United States` failure to meet international standards. But it could also be a good time for Hong Kong to take stock of its trade relations. Could she have done something different that would have avoided the current argument? Maybe not, given the broader forces at play, when I think the context would have been subtly altered. Hong Kong is one of the largest trading areas in the world. In 2018, it was ranked with the 7th highest trading volume, with a total value of nearly $1.2 billion. The goals of the U.S. sanctions could be Chinese government officials who were directly involved in the development and implementation of Hong Kong`s new security law, Beijing-friendly Hong Kong officials, and banks that transact with these people. .