Chinese lawmakers review Hong Kong security bill as protests continue

China is set to impose a national security law on Hong Kong to punish subversion in the city

China has chose to impose visa restrictions on Americans who interfere in Hong Kong affairs, Zhao Lijian, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said on Monday.

"Of course, this is a new measure".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced the new sanctions, but did not specify which USA individuals have been targeted, Reuters said.

When asked which officials exactly the restrictions target, Zhao said that they "knew this themselves, instinctively".

China is moving forward on a security law that would enforce punishment for subversion and other offences in Hong Kong, which was rocked by massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests a year ago.

"In response. China has chose to impose visa restrictions on USA individuals with egregious conduct on HK related issues".

Mr Pompeo earlier declared that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous in USA eyes, but initial actions taken by Mr Trump have been vague, including ordering changes to an extradition treaty.

"The governments want to shut us up and to kick us out", protester Roy Chan said.

Wall Street's major indexes tumbled on Friday after a Wall Street Journal article said U.S. "meddling" on issues like Hong Kong and Taiwan could jeopardise Chinese purchases under a the trade deal Trump agreed with China in January, spooking investors already anxious about a surge in coronavirus cases.

Critics have said Hong Kong's legal statutes already account for such matters and that Beijing is determined to use the law to pursue political opponents.

CNN has reported that with Trump's re-election prospects uncertain and the economy struggling as the November vote nears, advisers close to Trump, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, believe the President should take a harder line with China.

"Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of liberty", the spokesman said.

Zhao told reporters that China has lodged a complaint with the USA over the Bill and warned that Beijing will respond with strong countermeasures in response to United States actions on Hong Kong.

After what sounded like a prickly meeting, Pompeo said that he was looking for China to show in deeds, not words, that it was willing to relent on limiting Hong Kong's freedoms and end other actions the United States considers aggressive.

Academics and residents in Hong Kong also lambasted what they called the latest move by the U.S. to meddle in the city's internal affairs.

A survey conducted by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute for Reuters showed the national security legislation is opposed by a majority of people in the financial centre.

He added that attempts by Washington "to obstruct China's legislation for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong", by imposing sanctions against officials in the city and Beijing "will never succeed".

Top US officials have repeatedly stressed that the nation's tough handling of racism-related riots in its own backyard was meant to protect the safety of its citizens, Chow said.



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