US Sanctions Hong Kong Leaders

Elias Hubbard
August 9, 2020

Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR Luo Huining said the inclusion of his name on the list of financial sanctions in the United States means he has done the right thing for Hong Kong and the country.

From revoking HKSAR's special status to the latest sanctions, the spokesperson accused the US of colluding with other countries to pressure China and HKSAR.

"Intimidation and threats can not frighten the Chinese people".

The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials, including the pro-China leader of the government, accusing them of cooperating with Beijing's effort to undermine autonomy and crack down on freedom in the former British colony.

Chan dismissed concerns about the so-called sanctions and said with the solid support of the country, Hong Kong will be stronger and more competitive.

Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs and foreign interference will never be allowed.

The move criminalises any USA financial transactions with the sanctioned officials.

Hong Kong has long enjoyed civil liberties not seen elsewhere in mainland China because it is governed under a "one country, two systems" principle in place since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997. President Donald Trump has threatened to take action since Chinese officials imposed the sweeping law on Hong Kong in June.

He said the Chinese officials, who are the CCP's top officials for enacting Hong Kong policies, were sanctioned for engaging in actions that "threaten the peace, security, stability, or autonomy of Hong Kong".

"Letting the four continue to serve would create a contradition", said Tam Yiu-chung, Hong Kong's sole representative at the Standing Committee.

Also sanctioned was Chris Tang, the commissioner of the Hong Kong Police Force, for allegedly "coercing, arresting, detaining, or imprisoning individuals" under the new security law.

Is China a threat or a partner to the West?

On Saturday, financial regulators in Hong Kong sought to dispel any market fears and worries the sanctions would impact the daily operations of financial firms in the city, Reuters reported.

"We will not be intimidated", it said.

The US has strongly criticised Hong Kong's national security law, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling it an "Orwellian move" and an assault "on the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong".

Why did the USA impose new sanctions?

The US measures come three months ahead of the November election in which Trump, who is behind his rival Joe Biden, is campaigning hard on an increasingly strident anti-Beijing message. President Donald Trump signed executive orders to ban United States companies from transactions with the parent companies of these two Chinese social media apps, that is Bytedance and Tencent Holdings, respectively, on the grounds of national security concerns.

"There is no security justification for banning an app merely because it is owned by a Chinese company", Castro said.

"The disclosure of the data of the persons concerned by the US Department of the Treasury is obviously excessive and unnecessary", Acting Privacy Commissioner Tony Lam said in a statement, adding that using or reproducing the addresses, passport numbers and other data could be a crime.

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