Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China stated Monday that it will restrict US military ships and aircrafts from entering Hong Kong and imposed sanctions on US companies allegedly responsible for encouraging protesters, CNBC reported Monday.
The measure comes in response to the US President Donald Trump singing two bills to back up Hong Kong anti-government protesters, the move viewed by Chinese government as meddling with its domestic affairs.
Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry, stated Monday that “we urge the US to correct the mistake and stop interfering in our internal affairs.”
“China will take further steps if necessary to uphold Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity and China’s sovereignty.”
Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Bill signed by Trump last week allows the US to punish those allegedly responsible for human rights violations and obliges the US Department of State to annually check whether Hong Kong is independent enough from China mainland to keep its special trade status.
China sanctioned a number of the US non-government organizations, including National Endowment for Democracy, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the International Republican Institute, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom House.
“They shoulder some responsibility for the chaos in Hong Kong and they should be sanctioned and pay the price,” said Hua.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website