The U.S. authorities are about to impose new sanctions against China.
The measures will affect at least 14 officials from China. They will be introduced because of the decision of the Chinese authorities to remove four opposition members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council.
Economic sanctions may be introduced already on December 7. According to the sources, the administration of the present US president Donald Trump intentionally increases the pressure on Beijing before its place is taken by the presidential candidate from Democratic Party Joe Biden.
In November four opposition lawmakers were suspended in Hong Kong. This follows a new resolution that reinforces patriotism as a mandatory legal requirement for all members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council. According to the document, lawmakers can be removed without a court decision.
The Hong Kong National Security Act was adopted by the Chinese Parliament on June 30. It gives the right to Chinese authorities to stop actions that will be perceived by them as a threat to national security, in particular – to prevent protests and hold their leaders accountable. In Washington, adoption of the law was called annexation. China insisted that these issues were related to its internal affairs.
Hong Kong returned to China from a lease agreement between it and Britain in 1997. According to a joint declaration between China and Britain, the city was promised wide autonomy for 50 years.