U.S. imposes sanctions on Hong Kong and China officials over security law

US sanctions Hong Kong leader Lam, others for undermining autonomy

US imposes sanctions on pro-China leader Carrie Lam, other HK officials

American businessmen doing business in Hong Kong are beneficiaries of Hong Kong's prosperity and stability under "one country, two systems".

Mr Rogers told Maajid that "there is a real danger that we could well see conflict if non-military means are not used rapidly to try to put pressure on Beijing to think again". That has in part enabled Hong Kong to flourish as a global financial hub.

"The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, which represents some 1,300 United States companies, had expressed fears about the introduction of these national security laws in Hong Kong and forecasted that a number of companies may leave as a result".

Hong Kong Commerce Secretary Edward Yau, who wasn't sanctioned, called the sanctions "unreasonable and barbarous" and said they would harm USA interests in the city, an Asian financial and shipping hub.

China voiced outrage at the move, which comes as Trump also steps up pressure on the trade and security fronts.

The sanctions freeze any United States assets of the officials and generally bar Americans from doing business with them.

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Commissioner of Police Chris Tang Ping-keung dismissed the so-called sanction, according to local media Oriental Daily.

Chinese and Hong Kong officials immediately condemned and sought to minimize the sanctions.

The Hong Kong government accused the U.S. of using Hong Kong as a pawn to create trouble in the China-U.S. relationship, calling the sanctions "blatant and barbaric interference" in China's internal affairs.

This expert in China-Hong Kong relations warned that if we continue to stand by while China tightens it's grip on Hong Kong, our own freedom will come under threat. "By the way, my entry visa to the U.S.is valid until 2026".

"Defending national security and the security of Hong Kong is my responsibility and honor". They had previously called for USA sanctions against the city's leadership.

Protesters hold up blank papers during a demonstration in a mall in Hong Kong on July 6, 2020, in response to a national security law which makes political views, slogans and signs advocating Hong Kong's independence or liberation illegal.

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On Saturday, financial regulators in Hong Kong sought to dispel any market fears and worries the sanctions would impact the daily operations of financial firms in the city, Reuters reported.

Beijing and the Hong Kong government have said the law will not affect rights and freedoms, and that it is needed to plug security loopholes.

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Credit card companies based in the United States could also be effected.

© Provided by Associated Press Pro-China supporters displays a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest against the U.S. sanctions outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.

How have other countries responded? She is also being designated for being "involved in developing, adopting, or implementing" the national security law.

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