Tit For Tat: China Imposes Visa Restrictions On US Officials Interfering In Hong Kong

Published: July 2, 2020  Updated: July 7, 2020 at 7:29 am EST

In the latest diplomatic tit-for-tat with the US, China announced Monday that it would impose visa restrictions on US government officials who “behave egregiously” in connection to Hong Kong affairs, according to the South China Morning Post. Chinese Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urged Washington to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and warned that Beijing would use powerful countermeasures if the US continues to interfere.

“The U.S. is attempting to obstruct China’s legislation for safeguarding national security in the HK SAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) by imposing the so-called sanctions, but it will never succeed,” he told reporters. “In response … China has decided to impose visa restrictions on U.S. individuals with egregious conduct on HK related issues” he said quoted by Reuters.

“Who will be the targets? Relevant people would know clearly themselves,” he added.

Zhao also told reporters that China has lodged a complaint with the U.S. over the bill and warned that Beijing will respond with strong countermeasures in response to U.S. actions on Hong Kong.

Monday’s announcement is in retaliation for Washington’s decision last week to restrict visas for Chinese government officials who threaten Hong Kong’s autonomy.

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