China to Sanction US Officials Over Interference in Hong Kong

  • China to Sanction US Officials Over Interference in Hong Kong

China to Sanction US Officials Over Interference in Hong Kong

Mike Pompeo, a hawk who never misses an opportunity to speak out against China, has spent his last days as head of U.S. diplomacy taking action against Beijing.

Further adding to China's anger, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, spoke last week to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, after a planned trip to Taipei was called off.

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on six Chinese and Hong Kong officials, including the former British colony's only representative on the Chinese Parliament's standing committee.

Hua also said China will take action against U.S. officials responsible for the increased ties between Washington and Taipei.

China says it will impose sanctions on USA officials who have engaged in what it described as "nasty behavior" over dealings with Taiwan.

"Owing to the wrong actions of the United States, China has made a decision to impose sanctions on responsible USA officials who have engaged in nasty behavior on the Taiwan issue", she said, without elaborating.

China said last month it would sanction USA individuals as a reciprocal response to the us sanctions on more than a dozen Chinese officials.

The so-called sanctions are merely cheap political tricks and will never shake the determination of the Chinese central government and the Chinese people in safeguarding the country's sovereignty, security and development interest or the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, the spokesperson added.

Even then, China has not revealed the names of U.S. officials that are being sanctioned, and the nature of sanctions.

On Wednesday, Democrat Joe Biden will be sworn-in as the president of the USA, with the relationship between U.S. and Taiwan vis-a-vis China expected to see some change.

Beijing has responded to increased USA support for Taiwan, including arms sales and visits by senior US officials, by stepping up military activity near the island, including flying its air force aircraft nearby.

This followed the Trump administration imposing sanctions on an array of Chinese officials in response to Hong Kong arresting more than 50 people on 6 January in what Washington described as "an appalling crackdown on pro-democracy politicians and activists who were trying to advance fair and open primary elections for Hong Kong's Legislative Council". By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.