Protest on Hong Kong streets as China lawmakers mull security law

Protest on Hong Kong streets as China lawmakers mull security law

Beijing said on Monday it will impose visa restrictions on U.S. individuals over Hong Kong, mirroring Washington's sanctions against unnamed Chinese officials deemed responsible for curbing freedoms in the city.

In response, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday that the USA "scheme.to obstruct the passage of the Hong Kong national security law will never prevail".

When asked which officials exactly the restrictions target, Zhao said that they "knew this themselves, instinctively".

Zhao reiterated China's insistence that the law was "purely an internal affair of China, and no foreign country has the right to interfere".

"In response. China has made a decision to impose visa restrictions on United States individuals with egregious conduct on HK related issues". "Today, we are taking action to do just that". A Bloomberg columnist quoted a department official as saying the number of officials targeted was "in the single digits".

President Donald Trump announced punitive measures against China in late May, including steps to protect American investors from Chinese financial practices, and accused Beijing of "unlawfully claiming territory in the Pacific Ocean", threatening freedom of navigation and conducting "espionage to steal our industrial secrets, of which there are many".

Riot police stand guard to avoid mass gathering during a protest in Hong Kong, China on June 28, 2020.

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CNN has reported that with Trump's re-election prospects uncertain and the economy struggling as the November vote nears, advisers close to Trump, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, believe the President should take a harder line with China.

Zhao warned Monday that the USA "should not review, advance or implement relevant negative bills concerning Hong Kong, even less impose so-called sanctions on China, otherwise China will firmly take strong countermeasures".

Despite aggressively pushing the law, top Hong Kong leaders such as Chief Executive Carrie Lam have not seen a draft of the legislation and have been unable to answer questions from those concerned it will curtail Hong Kongers' civil liberties.

With the world focused on the pandemic, Beijing thinks this is their opportunity to steamroll Hong Kong, " said Senator Josh Hawley, the resolution's sponsor.

On Thursday, the United States senate approved a bill that would impose mandatory sanctions on people or companies that back efforts to restrict Hong Kong's autonomy.

Lawmakers called for prompt efforts to adopt the law and promulgate and enact it in the HKSAR, which will effectively fix the legal loopholes, lack of related systems and the weak links for the HKSAR to safeguard national security, effectively combat related criminal acts and activities and safeguard national security, as well as help maintain the prosperity and stability of the HKSAR, and protect the legitimate rights and interests of HKSAR residents.

Top US officials have repeatedly stressed that the nation's tough handling of racism-related riots in its own backyard was meant to protect the safety of its citizens, Chow said.

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