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    DXCC Mews - VR2 Hong Kong

    DXCC News – VR2 Hong Kong

    Yesterday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated “While the United States once hoped that free and prosperous Hong Kong would provide a model for authoritarian China, it is now clear that China is modeling Hong Kong after itself.” After Great Britain offered Hong Kong back to China in 1997 the Special Administrative Region (SAR) no longer has the autonomy and freedom once promised. Some DXers are questioning the DXCC status of VR2 if they lose their autonym.

    There should be no change to Hong Kong’s DXCC status for several reasons. Hong Kong qualifies as a Political Entity for the following reasons from the ARRL DXCC Country Criteria:

    “1 b) The entity has been assigned a callsign prefix bloc by the ITU.”

    *”1d) The entity has a separate IARU member society AND is included on the U.S. State Department Independent States in the World.”

    * If the US State Department removes Hong Kong from their “Independent States in the World” list and Hong Kong continues to have an IARU society they would remain as they would be grandfathered under the rules that got Hong Kong on the DXCC list to begin with
    73 Al 4L5A