Half-dozen American government-owned mansions in Hong Kong are now up for bidding

Growing tensions between the U.S. and China have prompted authorities to let go of these properties 

Luxury homes in Hong Kong. seaonweb/Shutterstock

According to finews.asia, six multi-storey mansions in Hong Kong that belongs to the U.S. government have been put up in the market for bidding in the midst of the growing tensions between America and China.

These properties, which are each worth up to USD645 million, come with 10 bedrooms each measuring about 4,402 square metres. The U.S. government bought the land in June 1949 at an undisclosed price when the administrative region was still under the British occupation.

All of the half-dozen mansions have been placed in the market for collective bidding and are all valued between USD1.3 billion and USD5 billion. CBRE Group, a realtor based in Los Angeles, revealed that they have been designated as the sales agent for the project.

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“The State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations regularly reviews the U.S. Government’s overseas real estate holdings as part of its global reinvestment program,” based on a statement by the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong.

The mansions were placed in the market just a few hours after U.S. President Donald Trump declared that he would abolish the special trading status of Hong Kong following the decision of Beijing to establish a national security law for the city while circumnavigating the votes of the local body.

“As part of that program, the State Department has decided to sell the Shouson Hill property, and at the same time, invest in enhancing other US Government-owned assets in Hong Kong, including the US Consulate General’s office building,” the U.S. clarified in the statement.

“The reinvestment program reinforces the US Government’s presence in Hong Kong by ensuring its facilities are able to perform to the highest long-term standards.”