China warned on Monday that it would impose visa restrictions on US citizens who had “grossly behaved” over Hong Kong ahead of Beijing legislators’ expected approval of controversial national security law in the country. city.
China is moving forward with a security law that would impose sanctions on subversion and other offenses in Hong Kong, which was rocked by massive and sometimes violent pro-democratic protests last year.
The administration of US President Donald Trump said on Friday that it is restricting U.S. visas for a number of unspecified Chinese officials for undermining the autonomy of the financial center.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Monday that “the US plan … to obstruct the passing of Hong Kong’s national security law will never prevail”.
“To target the illicit actions of the United States above, China has decided to impose visa restrictions on American individuals who have behaved blatantly on matters concerning Hong Kong,” said Zhao.
The United States, Britain, the European Union and the United Nations human rights watchdog have all expressed concern that the law may not be used to stifle criticism of Beijing, which uses similar laws on the authoritarian continent to crush
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