China disclosed its response to U.S. sanctions because of the situation with the resonant security law in Hong Kong. This was reported by TASS, citing a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Zhao Lijiang.
Beijing has decided to impose visa restrictions on US representatives who have taken “unseemly actions” because of Hong Kong. Persons who have fallen under sanctions are not disclosed.
On June 26, it became known that the United States was introducing new anti-Chinese sanctions because of Beijing’s encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US government has introduced “visa restrictions for former and current CCP members who are considered responsible or implicated in undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy.”
Earlier, the National People’s Congress (NPC) decided to adopt a resolution on the development of a law on national security in Hong Kong. According to the document, a resonant bill will be developed by the NPC Standing Committee without the participation of the Hong Kong Parliament and is included in its main law. Presumably, the law will be adopted before the end of June.
With the help of the law, China will be able to strengthen control over the region. The law includes a strict ban on separatist activities and the requirement to regularly report to the central government of the PRC. Supporters of the bill say it will protect the Chinese state from terrorism and foreign interference, while strengthening national security.
Great Britain, which ruled Hong Kong until 1997, called on China to respect the autonomy of the region, and the United States called the bill a catastrophic decision.
Hong Kong returned to China in 1997. According to the joint declaration of China and Britain, the city was promised wide autonomy for 50 years. Thanks to this status, Hong Kong has established special relations with the United States.