Publicado: Mar, Diciembre 03, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

China sanctions United States over Hong Kong unrest

China sanctions United States over Hong Kong unrest

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on Monday that China would retaliate by preventing U.S. Navy warships from docking in Hong Kong, and would also impose sanctions on several American non-profits, including the National Endowment for Democracy and Freedom House.

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said: "We have repeatedly called on the Chinese central government, as well as the Hong Kong government, to fulfil the Hong Kong people's rights to vote and to stand for elections".

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said: "In response to the unreasonable behaviour of the USA side, the Chinese government has chose to suspend reviewing the applications for United States warships to go to Hong Kong for (rest and) recuperation as of today".

Beijing has repeatedly condemned foreign interference in its internal affairs, as US officials were seen meeting with several radical opposition figures, including the "Hong Kong independence" activist Joshua Wong.

Last week, US President Donald Trump signed two bills that backed protesters in Hong Kong and threaten China with possible sanctions on human rights.

Shops and businesses in Tsim Sha Tsui closed early as police sprayed volleys of tear gas at demonstrators, including some elderly residents and others with their pets, as they marched past the city's Kowloon waterfront, home to luxury hotels and shopping malls.

"Hua added that there was sufficient evidence to show that some "...organisations have supported anti-China disrupters in Hong Kong and instigated them to commit violence and crimes and secessionist activities".

The USS Blue Ridge, the amphibious command ship of the US Seventh Fleet, was the last American navy ship to visit Hong Kong, in April.

She accused them of having "great responsibility for the chaotic situation in Hong Kong".

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Hong Kong's has experienced almost six months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests triggered by a now-shelved bill that would have allowed extraditions to China.

The bill was introduced in June in the early stages of the protests in Hong Kong, and was overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives in October.

The institute has no role in the current protests, and "to suggest otherwise spreads misinformation and fails to recognize the movement stems from genuine grievances", he said.

"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", Lily Chau, 30, said as she pushed her toddler in a stroller at the Kowloon march.

Antony Yiu, an entrepreneur in advertising and one of the organizers, said they want other business sectors to join them.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she'll accelerate dialogue but hasn't offered any concessions since the elections.

The protests are blamed for driving the economy into recession.

"Our effort is to make sure those weren't empty promises that were made to the people of Hong Kong", Mr Pompeo said, while calling for all sides to avoid violence.

The increasingly violent rallies have hammered the retail and tourism sectors, with mainland Chinese visitors abandoning the city in droves.

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