The US Treasury Department announced sanctions for 14 Chinese officials over Hong Kong pro-democracy crackdown.
The US Treasury Department announced sanctions for 14 Chinese officials over the Hong Kong pro-democracy crackdowns.
The sanctions were made after the Hong Kong parliament expelled four opposition members from its legislature after China’s parliament gave Hong Kong’s government authority to remove alleged threats to national security.
The said officials are all members of China’s National People’s Congress but their names and positions were not disclosed.
The sanctioned officials would reportedly be targeted by measures such as asset freezes and financial sanctions.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned that they would take countermeasures should the US continue with their actions.
“We firmly oppose and strongly condemn U.S. interference in China’s internal affairs and sanctions on Chinese personnel under the pretext of Hong Kong. We have expressed our positions to the U.S. side many times and made legitimate and necessary responses,” said Hua.
Apart from the 14 officials, the US has already sanctioned others such as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam who was barred from using banking services/
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