China to impose visa restrictions on Americans over Hong Kong dispute

  • China to impose visa restrictions on Americans over Hong Kong dispute

China to impose visa restrictions on Americans over Hong Kong dispute

China will impose a visa ban on US citizens who interfere with sweeping national security legislation planned for Hong Kong, a move that comes shortly after the Trump administration imposed them on some officials in Beijing.

Li Zhanshu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, joined lawmakers in discussion.

The draft, under the second reading at the session, has more accurate descriptions and more targeted and executable measures, and is in line with the actual situation in the HKSAR, they said.

"I do not see why the punishment under (Hong Kong's) national security law can not be as serious as that".

According to Hong Kong Watch, a UK-based watchdog, nearly 9,000 protesters have been arrested over the past year, with 62 being convicted.

However, chanting and slogans were shouted towards police and later scuffles broke out in Mong Kok, prompting police to use pepper spray to subdue parts of the crowd.

He also called on China to honor its commitments in the Joint Declaration signed with Britain in 1984, including a promise that human rights would be respected by government officials in Hong Kong.

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington is imposing visa restrictions on officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC) "believed to be responsible for undermining freedoms in Hong Kong".

"Beijing continues to undermine human rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong by putting pressure on local authorities to arrest pro-democracy activists and disqualify pro-democracy electoral candidates", Pompeo said.

China has moved a step closer to passing a controversial law targeting dissent in Hong Kong after a top law-making committee discussed the bill, state media has reported.

Today, the Senate stood up to the communist regime in Beijing and stood with the people of Hong Kong, Toomey said.

Demonstrators stage a protest in Hong Kong on June 28, 2020, against looming national security legislation to be implemented by the mainland Chinese government.

"Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of liberty", the spokesman said.

On Sunday, residents of Hong Kong held a silent protest in the Kowloon district. "The US government already has a lot of legal weapons against Hong Kong".

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the country will put visa restrictions on some USA individuals with egregious conduct related to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) after Washington announced visa restrictions on some Chinese officials over the city.

Similarly, the Chinese embassy in the United States slammed the US visa restrictions as a "wrongful decision" in a statement issued on Saturday.

"To target the US's above wrongful actions, China has made a decision to impose visa restrictions against American individuals who have behaved egregiously on matters concerning Hong Kong", Zhao said.

"We urge the United States side to immediately correct its mistakes, withdraw the decisions and stop interfering in China's domestic affairs".