China has protested the United States in response to a decision by the US to impose sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong, a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s office in Hong Kong said.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington imposed visa restrictions against Chinese Communist Party officials for “undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy and violating human rights.”
“In response to the US announcement of visa restrictions on Chinese officials, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed firm opposition and urged the US to immediately correct its mistakes and stop interfering with bullying in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs”,the statement.
It is noted that the United States slanders the central government of China for allegedly “destroying” a high degree of autonomy of Hong Kong, they distort the facts and themselves believe in their lies.
“Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. The United States must immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in any way. Otherwise, China will vigorously hit back”.
It is emphasized that the determination of the Chinese government to advance the adoption of the bill on national security of Hong Kong is unshakable, and the readiness to uphold the interests of state sovereignty, security and development is unchanged.
The United States threatens China with sanctions, accusing it of oppressing Uighurs and other Muslim groups, violating human rights, including in Tibet and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and stating that the bill protecting the Hong Kong Parliament is aimed at eliminating its high autonomy. The Chinese authorities rejected all accusations and criticism, urging not to interfere in the country’s exclusively internal affairs.
The Beijing bill provides for a ban on subversive and separatist activities. It implies a ban on all forms of incitement aimed at overthrowing the central government, as well as terrorism and outside interference.