HKSAR government voices 'utmost anger' over latest U.S. sanctions
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Saturday voiced "utmost anger" after the U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on six Chinese officials over the implementation of the national security law in the region.
In a statement published on Saturday, the Hong Kong government called the U.S. move another "insane, shameless, and despicable" attempt to intervene in China's internal affairs.
"Since implementation of the National Security Law, the U.S. Government has exploited every incident and excuse to make slandering remarks about the National Security Law and attack the PRC and the HKSAR authorities in their dutiful, faithful and lawful implementation of the National Security Law. We could not help but suspect that the National Security Law has touched a nerve of those foreign or external forces," it adds.
Mentioning the recent events in the U.S. Capitol, the statement says, "it should be obvious to and resented by many people, locally and around the world, that the U.S. acts are displaying double standards and hypocrisy, let alone blatantly breaching international laws and basic norms governing international relations."
"The HKSAR government will fully support the Central Government in adopting appropriate counter-measures," a government spokesperson was quoted as saying in the statement.
The U.S. sanctions, announced on Friday, came after the detention last week of 53 people on suspicion of committing crimes, including subversion, under the national security law.
The six officials sanctioned are You Quan, head of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Tam Yiu-chung, a member of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, Sun Qingye, deputy director of Hong Kong's national security office, and three officers of the National Security Division of the Hong Kong police force – Frederic Choi Chin-Pang, Kelvin Kong Hok Lai, and Andrew Kan Kai Yan.