China denounces U.S. sanctions on officials over HKSAR as 'ridiculous'
Updated 21:21, 21-Dec-2021

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Tuesday denounced the U.S. sanctions of five Chinese officials under the pretext of Hong Kong affairs, calling the sanctions "ridiculous."

Citing the U.S.'s "Hong Kong Autonomy Act," the U.S. State Department and the Treasury on Monday imposed fresh sanctions on the five Chinese officials, all deputy directors of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Administrative Region (HKSAR), who were already sanctioned by the U.S. in July.

Zhao said the U.S. move violated international law and basic norms governing international relations, and interfered in China's internal affairs.

"It is illegal and invalid. The Chinese side firmly opposes it and denounces it in the strongest terms," Zhao said.

In a reciprocal countermeasure to the U.S. sanctions in July following the "Hong Kong Business Advisory," China imposed sanctions on seven U.S. individuals and entities according to the Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law.

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(Cover: Pedestrians in Hong Kong, China. /CFP)

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