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US curbs on China officials over Hong Kong

The ousting of the lawmakers prompted the rest of the city’s pro-democracy camp to resign from the legislature in protest
The US state department took aim at members of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, citing the officials’ role last month in authorising the Hong Kong government to disqualify four Opposition lawmakers from the city’s legislature.
The US state department took aim at members of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, citing the officials’ role last month in authorising the Hong Kong government to disqualify four Opposition lawmakers from the city’s legislature.
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New York Times News Service   |   Hong Kong   |   Published 09.12.20, 01:28 AM

The US imposed travel bans and other sanctions on 14 high-level Chinese officials over the continuing crackdown on the Opposition in Hong Kong, as the police in the Chinese territory arrested more pro-democracy figures on Tuesday.

The US state department took aim at members of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, citing the officials’ role last month in authorising the Hong Kong government to disqualify four Opposition lawmakers from the city’s legislature.

The ousting of the lawmakers prompted the rest of the city’s pro-democracy camp to resign from the legislature in protest.

“Beijing’s unrelenting assault against Hong Kong’s democratic processes has gutted its Legislative Council, rendering the body a rubber stamp devoid of meaningful opposition,” secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Monday in a statement announcing the sanctions.

“Today, the Department of State is holding accountable those responsible for these brazen acts,” the statement continued.



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