US gloves are off with sanctions on HK leader

US gloves are off with sanctions on HK leader

The Trump administration slapped sanctions Friday on Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and 10 other people, in the toughest action yet over China's crackdown there.

The U.S. has already sanctioned a top member of China's ruling Communist Party and three other officials over the alleged human rights abuses against ethnic minority Muslims in the far west region of Xinjiang. "President Trump has made clear that the United States will therefore treat Hong Kong as 'one country, one system, ' and take action against individuals who have crushed the Hong Kong people's freedoms". That has in part enabled Hong Kong to flourish as a global financial hub. Archbishop Paul Kwong stressed that this new body would be tasked with "supporting" the schools, not "micromanaging" them.

However, Beijing imposed a national security law on Hong Kong at the end of June, following months of anti-government protests past year.

The move came after President Donald Trump's administration forced Chinese internet giants TikTok and WeChat to end all operations in the US, in a twin diplomatic-commercial offensive set to grow ahead of the USA presidential election in November.

The sanctions freeze any USA assets of the officials and generally bar Americans from doing business with them.

Hong Kong financial regulators moved to calm market fears on Saturday, as banks in the city grappled with the implications of the sanctions.

What has been the reaction so far?

Chinese-Canadians (who include Hong Kong-Canadians) were finally given the vote in 1947 after many of them served the country bravely and proudly in the Second World War.

Hong Kong Commerce Secretary Edward Yau, who wasn't sanctioned, called the sanctions "unreasonable and barbarous" and said they would harm US interests in the city, an Asian financial and shipping hub. The new law prohibits what Beijing views as secessionist, subversive or terrorist activities or what it sees as foreign intervention in Hong Kong's internal affairs.

Washington's decision to place sanctions on Hong Kong officials is "savage and unreasonable", the Chinese city's commerce secretary said Saturday.

The sanctions will block all property or other assets that the individuals have within United States jurisdiction.

The US has heavily criticised the legislation, claiming that it poses a threat to the freedoms enjoyed by the residents of Hong Kong for over two decades.

Just last month, the USA also sanctioned government officials in Beijing over China's human rights abuses of the Uighur Muslims and other minority groups.

Today, the United States designates 11 individuals pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13936.

"Hong Kong will not be a successful exchange anymore. we're going to make a lot more money now", he told Fox News.

"If the U.S. continues with its political discrimination and suppression against Chinese media and journalists, then China will have to make necessary and legitimate reactions", tweeted the official account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokesperson Friday.

Credit card companies based in the United States could also be effected.

"If the USA unilaterally carries out this kind of unreasonable action, it will in the end affect US companies", he told reporters. "American tech companies stand to lose significant global market share if other countries follow a similar standard and block USA tech companies from their markets because of concerns about U.S. government surveillance".

Beijing imposed the law directly on Hong Kong just before midnight on June 30, circumventing the city's legislature, and the city's officials were not aware of the details of the law until it was implemented. (France halted ratifying its treaty.) China has responded in kind.

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