December 8, 2020 3:31 PM | With information from DPA / EFE
15 minutes. The United States authorities imposed sanctions on Monday against 14 senior officials of the National People’s Congress of China, amid the pressure campaign on Beijing for “gutting” the Legislative Council of Hong Kong and its democratic processes with the promulgation of the law of National security.
This new round of sanctions against China for implementing the national security law on Hong Kong, a regulation imposed from Beijing and questioned by the internal opposition, makes “those responsible accountable for these blatant acts,” as explained by the Department of State it’s a statement.
This regulation applied to the former British colony was used “repeatedly to quell dissent and arrest those who protest against Beijing’s oppressive policies,” the United States criticized.
The 14 sanctioned 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, all of them vice presidents of the permanent committee of the National People’s Congress, who will be subject to visa restrictions and, together with their immediate relatives, will not be able to travel to the United States.
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Your assets will also be blocked within US jurisdiction or owned or controlled by US persons. Furthermore, “American persons are prohibited from dealing with them.”
For her part, the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Hua Chunying, assured that Beijing would take countermeasures. This if the US continued on “the wrong path.”
In this regard, he added that they “firmly” oppose and “strongly condemn the US interference in China’s internal affairs. Also the sanctions on Chinese personnel under the pretext of Hong Kong.”
This new round of sanctions comes amid the pressure campaign of the Administration of President Donald Trump against Beijing before he cedes his position in the White House to President-elect Joe Biden, who was reluctant to this type of unilateral sanctions actions imposed by the current tenant of the Oval Office.
On the other hand, this controversial law contemplates penalties of up to life imprisonment for cases such as secession or collusion with foreign forces.
However, since then there have been numerous police raids and arrests of activists, before which some of them chose to go into exile.