China sanctions American NGOs, suspends US naval visitsLocal | 2 Dec 2019 4:07 pm
The Foreign Ministry said it has suspended the review of requests by US military ships and aircraft to visit Hong Kong in response to legislation passed by U.S. lawmakers in support of protesters.
The Chinese government also sanctioned U.S.-headquartered non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch for supporting extremist, violent activities in Hong Kong, the ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing in Beijing.
China also sanctioned the National Endowment for Democracy, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, International Republican Institute, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom House, effective today, said Hua, CGTN reports.
Last week, following the signing of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act by US President Donald Trump, China said it would take "firm counter measures," if the United States continues to interfere in Hong Kong.
"China urges the United States to correct its mistakes and stop any words and deeds that interfere in Hong Kong and China's internal affairs,'' Hua said.-Reuters/The Standard