China to impose visa curbs on US citizens over Hong Kong issues

Cheryl Sanders
June 29, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced new restrictions against members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Friday, declaring that the US has banned visas for CCP members affiliated with the obstruction of Hong Kong's autonomy.

"Of course, this is a new measure".

US President Donald Trump's administration said Friday it was restricting visas for a number of Chinese officials for infringing on the autonomy of Hong Kong, announcing action as Congress seeks tougher sanctions.

When asked which officials exactly the restrictions target, Zhao said that they "knew this themselves, instinctively".

China's National Congress Standing Committee already approved the draft version of legislation that would criminalize succession, subversion of state power, local terrorist activities, and collaborating with foreign or external foreign forces to endanger national security.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said Friday that he was halting travel to the current and former officials from China's ruling Communist Party who are believed to be "responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy". "We, however, urge the United States to act responsibly by refraining from taking measures that may potentially affect the normal operations of financial institutions and the vast number of customers they serve", the spokesman said.

Wall Street's major indexes tumbled on Friday after a Wall Street Journal article said USA "meddling" on issues like Hong Kong and Taiwan could jeopardise Chinese purchases under a the trade deal Trump agreed with China in January, spooking investors already anxious about a surge in coronavirus cases.

The chorus of condemnation came in response to the US Senate passing the act, which requires the sanctioning of individuals and companies, including SAR government officials, for enforcing the pending national security law and police officers for stopping protests.

Protesters in Hong Kong marched against the Chinese government's new national security law this weekend.

The protest was aimed at expressing Hong Kongers' anger over a national security law - imposed on the special administrative region by Beijing - that would ban subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign interference in the territory. "The United States will continue to review its authorities to respond to these concerns", Pompeo said.

Hundreds of Hong Kongers marched silently through the city's streets on Sunday in protest against the looming national security legislation to be implemented by the mainland Chinese government.

Trump said that Chinese Communist Party officials would face consequences last month.

Trump hammers China over Hong Kong.

The Senate measure includes secondary sanctions on banks that do business with anyone backing any crackdown on the territory's autonomy, potentially cutting them off from American counterparts and limiting access to US dollar transactions.

With the world focused on the pandemic, Beijing thinks this is their opportunity to steamroll Hong Kong, " said Senator Josh Hawley, the resolution's sponsor.

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