The United States has imposed sanctions on 14 members of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (PCNC), the country’s highest legislative body, for restricting the rights of the people of Hong Kong, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.
“We are adding 14 vice-chairmen of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in connection with the development, adoption and implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Act to the sanctions lists. The All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks voted unanimously to pass the National Security Act, which Beijing has repeatedly used to combat dissent and arrest those who protest against the repressive policies of Beijing,” Pompeo said in a statement released by the State Department.
Pompeo noted that the actions of the PC All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks have undermined the possibility for the population of Hong Kong to elect their representatives to the authorities, and such actions are a violation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law of Hong Kong.
U.S. sanctions include prohibiting 14 U.S. PCNP individuals and their families from entering the United States, blocking their assets that are either under U.S. jurisdiction or under the control or ownership of U.S. individuals, and prohibiting U.S. citizens from doing business with those individuals.
In 2020, there were mass protests in Hong Kong demanding democratic change until independence.
In June of this year, the Hong Kong National Security Act was passed by the SCNP.
The law defines the obligations of the central government of the country and the responsibility of the Hong Kong authorities for ensuring national security of the special administrative region, provides punishment for four main types of crimes: separatist activity, subversion of state power, terrorist activity, conspiracy with foreign states or forces located abroad to damage national security.
As a result, relations between Washington and Beijing have seriously deteriorated. However, the relationship between the two countries also complicates a number of other issues, including bilateral trade.
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