The Chinese government announced this Monday sanctions against eleven US citizens in retaliation for the sentences imposed by Washington in connection with the situation in Hong Kong. The Beijing list contains the names of senators and NGO officials.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has confirmed that among the sanctions are Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and Human Rights Watch (HRW) Executive Director Kenneth Roth and the President of Freedom House. Michael Abramowitz reports to the Bloomberg news agency.
Beijing is responding to a similar move the Donald Trump administration took on Friday against 11 officials affiliated with the Chinese regime, including Hong Kong Prime Minister Carrie Lam, to curtail rights and freedoms in the former British colony.
According to the US Treasury Department’s note referring to China’s controversial national security law, Lam has been sanctioned as “directly responsible for implementing Beijing’s policy of suppressing freedom and democratic processes.”
The United States also accuses Lam of cooperating with Chinese authorities to try to enforce the now-suspended extradition law, a provision that enabled the extradition to mainland China of people charged with crimes in Hong Kong.