China responds to U.S. sanctions on Hong Kong national security
The Chinese government will impose visa restrictions on US officials who interfere with Hong Kong’s autonomy and national security. This was announced during a press conference by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Zhao Lijian.
This decision was made after growing pressure from the US government on China over Hong Kong’s new national security legislation. At the end of last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the introduction of restrictions on the issuance of visas to current and former officials of the Chinese Communist Party, involved in actions that allegedly violate the autonomy of Hong Kong.
At a press conference at the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian said that Hong Kong’s national security issue concerns only China, and no other country has the right to intervene in it. The determination of the Chinese government to protect its interests in the field of sovereignty, security and development is unshakable, as is its determination to adhere to the concept of “one country, two systems”. The PRC objects to any foreign interference in Hong Kong.
“The US attempt to block China’s efforts to promote Hong Kong’s national security laws through so-called sanctions is doomed to fail,” Zhao Lijian summed up his speech.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump made a statement on impending sanctions against China. Among them were the abolition of privileges, which Hong Kong enjoyed as an autonomy within the PRC, the ban on the entry of Chinese students into the United States, which could pose a threat to the country’s national security, and the blocking of “unscrupulous” Chinese companies in the US market.