China said Tuesday it would impose reciprocal action on unnamed American officials and their family members who are behind US Congress-passed legislation on Tibet, claiming it will not tolerate interference in its internal affairs.
The U.S. Congress late Monday approved a $ 900 billion aid package to COVID-19, along with $ 1.4 trillion in regular government funding that also includes some laws related to Tibet and Taiwan as well as clauses in Contains reference to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The state news agency Xinhua reported.
The law orders the US government to impose economic and visa sanctions on any Chinese official who disrupts the Dalai Lama’s succession.
The law also bans China from setting up new consulates in the US until Washington has its own diplomatic outpost in Tibet, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
The Chinese State Department reacted angrily to the new legislation on Tibet and urged US President Donald Trump not to sign it.
“Matters in Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong affect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They are just China’s internal affairs that do not allow outside interference,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin at a press conference. while answering questions about new US legislation.
“China has taken mutual countermeasures against US citizens and their families who are primarily responsible for the recent intrusions into China’s internal affairs,” Wang said. However, he did not state who or how many people were affected.
He said the Chinese government is determined to uphold China’s sovereignty, security and development interests.
“We urge the US side to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and not sign any laws or implement negative content and clauses related to China in relevant legal acts in order to improve bilateral cooperation and the overall situation between China and the US not to affect further. ” Relationships, “said Mr. Wang.
The White House has announced that President Trump will sign the bill, the Post’s report said.
According to Tibetan overseas groups, the 2020 Tibetan Politics and Assistance Act (TPSA) passed by the US Congress provides the official policy of the United States that decisions about the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama are solely within the purview of the current Tibetan Buddhist Dalai Lama leader and the Tibetan People.
The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s 85-year-old spiritual leader in exile, has called for significant autonomy for Tibetans.
China regards the 14th Dalai Lama as a “separatist” working to separate Tibet from China.
The Trump administration this year imposed a series of sanctions, visa bans, and financial restrictions on Chinese government officials and Communist Party members on a number of issues as the relationship between the two countries on human rights issues, the coronavirus and have tense trade.
This year, visa restrictions and financial sanctions were imposed on CCP officials “who were involved in the terrible mistreatment in Xinjiang, restricted access to Tibet and the destruction of the promised autonomy of Hong Kong,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday.
“Today’s action puts additional restrictions on all CCP (Chinese Communist Party) officials involved in such repressive activities, regardless of their location,” he said.
Relations between China and the US reached their worst this year as disputes between the two countries over human rights, the coronavirus pandemic, trade, technology, Taiwan and a host of other issues intensified.