香港自治法掀銀行風暴 Hong Kong Autonomy Act sparked a storm in financial industry

金融時報報道,為應對《香港自治法》,在港的歐美銀行正緊急核對其客戶名單,以辨認可能受美國制裁之中港官員及相關公司。

‪According to Financial Times, in response to the US financial sanctions bill‬ “Hong Kong Autonomy Act”, ‬”US and European banks in Hong Kong are conducting emergency audits of their clients to identify Chinese and Hong Kong officials and corporates that could face US sanctions over a new national security law.”

美國「清黨」 銀行割蓆

信美國總統唐老侵料將在下周簽署,使香港自治法成為法案。此法案賦予行政權力以橫掃千軍的方式制裁破壞香港自治的官員,以及明顯與之交易的銀行。正如金融時報所說,至少兩大行正研究其客戶及合作夥伴會否被制裁,他們或因此需要中斷合作關係。

Banks terminate the relationship with sanctions’ entities

Donald Trump, US president, is expected to sign into law as early as next week the Hong Kong autonomy act. The legislation gives the administration the power to impose sweeping sanctions on officials accused of undermining Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status, as well as banks and state entities that do “significant transactions” with them.
At least two large international banks in Hong Kong were studying which of their clients and partners might be exposed to sanctions under the act and with which they might have to terminate their business relationships, people familiar with the matter told the Financial Times.

中美之間 無中立派

美國制裁方式多多,凍結資產可將其趕出美國金融制度。阻止銀行在美轄區進行外匯交易,以堵截其獲得美元的渠道。律師表示,此法案可使金融界在中美之間二擇其一。據《國安法》規定,守美國法律制裁中港相關人等,正是非法行為。

No man can serve two masters

The US sanctions could range from freezing the property of individuals and companies to cutting them out of the US financial system. They could also stop banks from conducting foreign exchange transactions over which the US has jurisdiction, implying that Washington could try to curb their access to dollars.

The act could force financial institutions to choose between doing business with the US or China, lawyers said. Hong Kong’s national security law makes it illegal to comply with US sanctions against Hong Kong and China.

金融時報原文

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