The United States warned on Wednesday of further sanctions against China, which “blatantly violated” Hong Kong’s autonomy after the overthrow of four pro-democracy lawmakers.
“Beijing’s recent measures to expel pro-democracy lawmakers from the Hong Kong Legislative Council leave no doubt that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has blatantly violated its international obligations,” said Robert O’Brien, US national security adviser.
He added that the United States would continue to “identify and sanction those responsible for wiping out Hong Kong’s freedom”.
On Monday, the United States imposed sanctions on four other officials charged with restricting freedoms in Hong Kong, while swearing accountability for China’s crackdown on the city.
Edwina Lau, chief of the Hong Kong Police Department’s National Security Division, was among the officers banned from entering the United States and whose US-based assets may be frozen.
The statement by the US national security advisor to Donald Trump’s outgoing administration on Wednesday was in response to the overthrow of four pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong by the city’s pro-Beijing authorities.
Hong Kong’s other pro-democracy lawmakers responded by saying they would all stop in protest and reduce the semi-autonomous city’s once-bustling legislature to a gathering of Chinese loyalists.
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