The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on 14 senior Chinese officials over the growing clampdown in Hong Kong, with President Donald Trump’s administration using its waning days to ramp up pressure on Beijing.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States was holding Beijing accountable for its “unrelenting assault against Hong Kong’s democratic processes.”
The press statement from the State Department is as follows:
Beijing’s unrelenting assault against Hong Kong’s democratic processes has gutted its Legislative Council, rendering the body a rubber stamp devoid of meaningful opposition. One aspect of that assault has been the actions of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), which have effectively neutered the ability of the people of Hong Kong to choose their elected representatives in keeping with the Joint Declaration and Basic Law. These actions demonstrate once again Beijing’s complete disregard for its international commitments under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a U.N.-registered treaty.
Today, the Department of State is holding accountable those responsible for these brazen acts. We are designating 14 Vice-Chairpersons of the NPCSC in connection with developing, adopting, or implementing the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The NPCSC voted unanimously to adopt the National Security Law that Beijing has used repeatedly to stifle dissent and arrest those who protest Beijing’s oppressive policies.
These 14 individuals are Wang Chen, Cao Jianming, Zhang Chunxian, Shen Yueyue, Ji Bingxuan, Arken Imirbaki, Wan Exiang, Chen Du, Wang Dongming, Padma Choling, Ding Zhongli, Hao Mingjin, Cai Dafeng, and Wu Weihua. These designations are pursuant to section 4 (a)(iii)(A) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13936. Additionally, these individuals will also be subject to visa restrictions, pursuant to Section 7 of E.O. 13936.
These individuals and their immediate family members will be barred from travelling to the United States. Their assets within the jurisdiction of the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons will be blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.
Our actions today underscore that the United States will continue to work with our allies and partners to hold Beijing accountable for undermining Hong Kong’s promised autonomy. The United States again urges Beijing to abide by its international commitments and to heed the voices of many countries, which have condemned its actions.
Source: US State Department
China urges U.S. to withdraw “erroneous decision” of sanctions on NPC officials
China on Tuesday urged the United States to withdraw the “erroneous decision” of imposing sanctions on relevant officials of the National People’s Congress (NPC) over Hong Kong issues, vowing “firm and strong countermeasures” against the egregious act by the U.S. side to defend its sovereignty, security and development interests.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks in response to a statement by the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who on Tuesday made groundless accusations against China’s promulgation and implementation of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in accordance with the law and announced that the U.S. side will impose so-called sanctions on vice chairpersons of the NPC Standing Committee.
“The above-mentioned move by the U.S. side severely violates basic norms governing international relations, interferes in China’s internal affairs and harms China-U.S. relations,” Hua said.
“The Chinese government and people express strong indignation at and strongly condemn the outrageous, unscrupulous, crazy and vile act of the U.S. side,” she added.
Hua said Hong Kong is part of China, its affairs are purely China’s internal affairs, and the United States is in no position to interfere. The NPC Standing Committee’s legislation on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong in accordance with the Constitution to improve governance on Hong Kong and crack down on criminals is totally within China’s sovereignty.
For some time, the United States has been meddling in Hong Kong affairs in every way under the pretext of upholding democracy, human rights and autonomy in Hong Kong, while supporting violent activities that split the nation and disrupt social order, and now the U.S. side is blatantly imposing these so-called sanctions against vice chairpersons of the NPC Standing Committee, Hua noted.
“This fully exposes the vicious intent of the United States to interfere in China’s internal affairs, mess up Hong Kong and undermine China’s stability and development,” Hua said, adding that the retrogressive behavior of the United States will only trigger greater indignation among the 1.4 billion Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots.
The Chinese government is determined to oppose U.S. interference in Hong Kong affairs, to uphold China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, and to implement “one country, two systems,” said Hua.
She urged the United States to immediately withdraw this erroneous decision, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and halt its progress down this dangerous and wrong path.
“In response to the egregious act by the U.S. side, China will take firm and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty, security and development interests,” Hua added.
Edited by staff