China To Impose Visa Restrictions On US Citizens Over Hong Kong Dispute
China’s Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian who made the announcement after Washington said it would restrict US visas for Chinese officials, warned the US government against meddling in Hong Kong affairs as it will come with strong countermeasures.
“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.
While China has insisted that the law was “purely an internal affair of China, and no foreign country has the right to interfere”, the US, UK, Australia and Canada have expressed deep concern and also averred that the law could be used to stifle dissent.
The U.S. Senate last week, approved a bill that would impose mandatory sanctions on people or companies that back efforts to restrict Hong Kong’s autonomy. It includes secondary sanctions on banks that do business with anyone backing any crackdown on the territory’s autonomy.