Beijing warned on Tuesday it might take countermeasures, after Washington imposed sanctions on 14 Chinese language officers over “an assault in opposition to Hong Kong’s democratic processes.”
China will take “agency counter-measures in opposition to the malicious actions by the US to safeguard our sovereignty, safety, and developmental rights,” Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying instructed reporters on Tuesday. She additionally urged Washington to withdraw its resolution.
Beijing was prompted to retaliate after the US on Monday imposed monetary sanctions and a journey ban on 14 Chinese language officers, accusing them of enjoying an alleged function in China’s transfer to disqualify elected opposition legislators in Hong Kong final month. Hong Kong’s authorities expelled 4 opposition members from its legislature after China’s parliament gave town such powers, triggering mass resignations by pro-democracy opposition lawmakers.
Amongst others, the US focused the vice chairpersons of the Nationwide Individuals’s Congress Standing Committee, the highest decision-making physique of the Chinese language legislature.
The sanctions ban the 14 people and fast members of their households from touring to the US, and any belongings the officers might need there might be blocked.
“Beijing’s unrelenting assault in opposition to Hong Kong’s democratic processes has gutted its Legislative Council, rendering the physique a rubber stamp devoid of significant opposition,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned.
On Monday, Hua responded to reviews that the US could impose sanctions on extra Chinese language officers, warning that Beijing would “take the required countermeasures.”
She tweeted that Beijing condemns “malign assaults” by Pompeo in opposition to China’s political system and restrictions on people-to-people change. “Inciting ideological confrontation will solely additional sabotage China-US relations & is just not within the two peoples’ pursuits.”
In August, the Trump administration already slapped sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Govt Carrie Lam and different prime officers for what it described as their function in curbing freedoms.
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