China warned Monday that it will impose visa restrictions on US residents who had “behaved egregiously” over Hong Kong, forward of anticipated approval from Beijing lawmakers for a controversial nationwide safety legislation within the metropolis.
China is shifting ahead on a safety legislation that might implement punishment for subversion and different offences in Hong Kong, which was rocked by huge and generally violent pro-democracy protests final yr.
On Friday, US President Donald Trump’s administration stated it was proscribing US visas for quite a lot of unspecified Chinese officers for infringing on the autonomy of the monetary hub.
Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated Monday that the US “scheme… to obstruct the passage of the Hong Kong national security law will never prevail”.
“To target the US’s above wrongful actions, China has decided to impose visa restrictions against American individuals who have behaved egregiously on matters concerning HK,” Zhao stated.
The United States, Britain, the European Union and the United Nations rights watchdog all voiced fears the legislation may very well be used to stifle criticism of Beijing, which makes use of related legal guidelines on the authoritarian mainland to crush
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