The Strategist

China responds to Hong Kong-related actions of the US

12/03/2019 - 06:09

Beijing reacted to adoption of the United States laws to support Hong Kong protests. On Monday, China imposed sanctions against US non-governmental organizations involved: according to Beijing, they are inciting chaos in Hong Kong. Also, American warships and planes will no longer be allowed there. Beijing says that despite ongoing protests and their support from abroad, any anti-Chinese forces will fail.

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China responded to Washington's support for Hong Kong protests. The main response was the imposition of sanctions against a number of American non-governmental organizations (NGOs). "The Chinese side urges the United States to correct the mistakes and stop any interference in the affairs of Hong Kong... China intends to decisively protect stability and prosperity of the city," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, commenting on this decision.

The sanctions have been applied to National Endowment for Democracy (NED), International Republican Institute, Human Rights Watch (HRW), as well as to the non-governmental organization Freedom House.

According to Ms. Hua, the main reason for the imposition of sanctions was Beijing’s mistrust in US NGOs of involvement in fomenting protests in Hong Kong.

In addition, the Chinese side decided to no longer consider requests for visits to Hong Kong by US warships to replenish supplies. Last week, the chief editor of the Global Times Hu Xijin wrote on Twitter that, according to him, the authors of the law will be blacklisted - they will be barred from entering mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The imposition of sanctions is Beijing’s reaction to the adoption in Washington of laws aimed at supporting protesters in Hong Kong. However, these measures will not bring much damage to the United States.


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