China warned Monday that it could impose visa restrictions on US residents who had “behaved egregiously” over Hong Kong, forward of anticipated approval from Beijing lawmakers for a controversial nationwide safety legislation within the metropolis.
China is transferring ahead on a safety legislation that will implement punishment for subversion and different offences in Hong Kong, which was rocked by large and generally violent pro-democracy protests final yr.
On Friday, US President Donald Trump’s administration stated it was proscribing US visas for numerous unspecified Chinese language officers for infringing on the autonomy of the monetary hub.
International ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated Monday that the US “scheme… to impede the passage of the Hong Kong nationwide safety legislation won’t ever prevail”.
“To focus on the US’s above wrongful actions, China has determined to impose visa restrictions towards American people who’ve behaved egregiously on issues regarding HK,” Zhao stated.
America, Britain, the European Union and the United Nations rights watchdog all voiced fears the legislation may very well be used to stifle criticism of Beijing, which makes use of related legal guidelines on the authoritarian mainland to crush
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