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US announces sanctions against 14 Chinese officials

The government of President Donald Trump announced sanctions on 14 Chinese officials on Monday in the wake of operations against democracy advocates in Hong Kong.

Miami World / diariolasamericas

The sanctions announced by the State Departments and the Treasury are against members of the permanent committee of the Chinese Parliament and come at a time that increases the punitive measures against China, Iran and Venezuela.

The sanctions freeze any assets the 14 officials have in US jurisdictions and prohibit them and their families from traveling to US territory. Just last week, the government further restricted access to visas for Chinese Communist Party officials as part of the campaign that also includes sanctions on China for its actions in the western province of Xinjiang, Tibet, Taiwan and the South Sea. from China.

“Beijing’s continued aggressions against Hong Kong’s democratic process have wiped out its Legislative Council, turning it into a group that automatically approves everything and free of significant opposition,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that repeated the condemnations of China’s violations of the agreement with Great Britain that returned Hong Kong to Chinese power in 1997.

“Such acts demonstrate once again the total indifference of Beijing to its international commitments under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a treaty registered by the United Nations,” he stressed.

The 14 officials are Wang Chen, Cao Jianming, Zhang Chunxian, Shen Yueyue, Ji Bingxuan, Arken Imirbaki, Wan Exiang, Chen Du, Wang Dongming, Padma Choling, Ding Zhongli, Hao Mingjin, Cai Dafeng, and Wu Weihua.

“Our actions today make clear that the United States will continue to work with our allies and partners to hold Beijing accountable for undermining the autonomy promised to Hong Kong,” Pompeo said. “The United States once again urges China to comply with its international commitments and heed the voices of many countries, which have condemned its actions.”

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