China Sanctions NGOs, Suspends US Naval, Military Aircraft Visits to Hong Kong

Clay Curtis
December 6, 2019

The new act requires the U.S. State Department to report annually to Congress whether Hong Kong is "sufficiently autonomous from China" to justify keeping the city's distinct trading status, and whether China has "eroded Hong Kong's civil liberties and rule of law", as protected by the city's Basic Law.

China is barring U.S. Navy port calls and American military aircraft from visiting Hong Kong in retaliation for Washington's recent adoption of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act - legislation that supports pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Denouncing the passing of the bill as a severe interference in China's internal affairs and a serious violation of worldwide law, Hua said Beijing will suspend the review of the request for us maritime vessels visiting Hong Kong and sanction several usa non-governmental organizations (NGO), effective Monday.

"This is completely unnecessary and very regrettable", Lam said. "Again, we're seeing violent scenes that we don't want to see anymore", she said.

China suspended USA warship visits and imposed sanctions on American NGOs on Monday in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

It also enables the US government to freeze the assets of, and refuse visas to, officials deemed responsible for human rights violations in the city.

The sometimes violent unrest that has rocked Hong Kong represents the biggest challenge to stability for China's ruling Communist Party since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing.

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"I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong", Trump said in a statement.

Cheng, who returned to Hong Kong from Beijing on Tuesday, told reporters at the airport that she had suffered a bone fracture around her wrist and had an operation in London.

Kwok Yee-wah, a retired Hong Kong resident, said she is angry as the United States has brutally intervened in Hong Kong affairs and created today's "color revolution" in Hong Kong.

Pro-democracy lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting said the police force is now at the end of its resources after six months of street protests and pitched battles with frontline protesters, but that no new funding requests have been submitted to the city's Legislative Council (LegCo). The government has already offered around HK$21-billion ($2.7-billion) in economic support, particularly to help the transport, tourism and retail industries.

Lam said the SAR government would follow the Foreign Ministry's countermeasures, including barring U.S. military from Hong Kong ports.

"Hong Kong is part of China's territory" and "Hong Kong's internal affairs should not be interfered by the United States", the people at the rally chanted while carrying national and regional flags.

Lam said in a press conference that the U.S. legislation would have an impact on the city's economic development by undermining confidence and creating an unstable environment for Hong Kong-based businesses, reports Efe news.

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