China slaps sanctions on USA over Hong Kong unrest

China slaps sanctions on USA over Hong Kong unrest

China slaps sanctions on USA over Hong Kong unrest

Hong Kong's protests are fuelled by years of seething anger over China's perceived erosion of liberties in the semi-autonomous city.

China has suspended visits by US Navy ships and aircraft to Hong Kong after Washington passed legislation last week backing pro-democracy protesters.

Organizations including N.E.D., Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and International Republican Institute, will be sanctioned for their "odious behavior" in Hong Kong, where they have "strongly instigated extremely violent criminal activities", Hua told reporters in Beijing.

China's United Nations mission in Geneva said the article interferes in China's internal affairs and exerts pressure on Hong Kong's government and police, which "will only embolden the rioters to conduct more severe radical violence".

Sunday also saw hundreds of residents in Hong Kong participating in patriotic gathering at Clock Tower where they sang the Chinese national anthem and other patriotic songs to show their firm opposition against violence.

Hua said they would also apply sanctions to a number of US-based NGOs, although she failed to give any specifics over the form the measures would take.

The last U.S. navy ship to visit Hong Kong was the USS Blue Ridge in April.

"China will take further steps if necessary to uphold Hong Kong's stability and prosperity and China's sovereignty".

Reports said almost 6,000 people in Hong Kong have been arrested since the beginning of the protests, which started in March. If ever found unsatisfactory, the city's special status for US trading could be tossed.

"If we don't walk out, the Government will say it's just a youth issue, but this is a Hong Kong problem that affects all of us", said Lily Chau, 30, as she pushed her toddler in a stroller at the march in Kowloon.

Analysts say the move could complicate negotiations between China and the U.S. to end their trade war.

The Hong Kong government is planning to set up an independent commission to address the country's ongoing protests.

Why are there protests in Hong Kong?

China denies interfering and says it is committed to the "one country, two systems" formula put in place in the Asian financial hub in 1997.

Her Government has accepted only one demand - withdrawing extradition legislation that would have sent suspects to mainland China for trial.

This came days after President Trump signed several new bills into law, which will support protesters' months-long demonstrations.

While China has in the past suspended visits by US military ships and aircraft, sanctioning NGOs, especially those with connections to the USA government, would bring conditions for civil society in Hong Kong significantly closer to those in mainland China.

The bill was eventually withdrawn but unrest evolved into a broader protest against the police and the way Hong Kong is administered by Beijing.

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