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US issues sanctions over Hong Kong security law

The US government has pledged support for the pro-democracy opposition in Hong Kong and imposed sanctions on seven Chinese government officials.

The US government has pledged support for the pro-democracy opposition in Hong Kong and imposed sanctions on seven Chinese government officials.

They are vice-directors of the Chinese government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, the US State Department announced on Friday.

The basis of the sanctions is an executive order issued by then US president Donald Trump last year, which provides for sanctions on, among others, people who implement the controversial Chinese security law in Hong Kong.

Any assets of those affected in the United States will be frozen. At the same time, the US government warned companies that doing business in Hong Kong is increasingly risky.

“Over the past year, People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Hong Kong officials have systematically undermined Hong Kong‘s democratic institutions, delayed elections, disqualified elected lawmakers from office, and forced officials to take loyalty oaths to keep their jobs,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday.

“Since protests began in 2019, local authorities have arrested thousands for speaking out against government policies with which they disagreed … Journalists have been arrested simply for doing their jobs.”

“The United States resolutely stands with Hong Kongers,” he said.

The security law targets activities that Beijing considers subversive, separatist, terrorist or conspiratorial.

With it, the authorities are increasingly cracking down on the democracy movement in the former British Crown Colony.

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