Beijing in tit-for-tat sanctions

Local | Moon Lam 19 Jan 2021

Beijing has decided to sanction US officials and politicians who "performed badly" over Hong Kong and Taiwan issues in retaliation for the latest US sanctions, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

The sanctions will be imposed on officials from governmental departments, Congress and non-governmental organizations, as well as their immediate family members, she said yesterday at the ministry's daily press conference without spelling any names.

Hua said the measure responded to the "mistakes" the US has made, including lifting internal restrictions for its diplomats to interact with Taiwanese counterparts and sanctioning Chinese officials.

The US on Friday announced sanctions on six Hong Kong and central government officials for implementing the national security law in Hong Kong and arresting 55 activists over in the pro-democracy primary election last year.

The six included three senior officers of the police's national security department and Tam Yiu-chung, Hong Kong's sole delegate on the National People's Congress standing committee.

You Quan, vice chairman of the Central Leading Group on Hong Kong and Macao Affairs, and Sun Wenqing, deputy director of the Office for Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR, were also sanctioned.

The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office denounced the US sanctions, saying it is a manic response revealing the dwindling options to cripple Chinese development by utilizing Hong Kong's problems.

A statement published on the HKMAO's website said that the US has repeatedly decked out "so-called sanctions" because the country ran out of options it can use to cripple China's development.

"The United States went into a manic mode after seeing their well-trained politicians prosecuted by law one by one," an HKMAO spokesman said.

The "political tricks" will not affect the Chinese government's determination to safeguard national interests, he said: "The sanctions are about to end!"

The central government liaison office in Western also accused the US of meddling in internal affairs, damaging the rule of law and high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong.

"The United States has repeatedly defamed and slandered Hong Kong's national security law and one country, two systems," said a spokesman for the liaison office.

The hegemonic move of the United States is based on lies, bias and double standards, he added.



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