China has imposed sanctions on the New York-based Human Rights Watch organization and suspended the review of requests by US warships to visit Hong Kong, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a briefing on Monday.
She pointed out that “despite strong protests from China, the US authorities insisted on signing the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which is a serious violation of international law and interference in China’s domestic affairs.” “In response to the United States’ unreasonable actions, we have decided to suspend the review of requests from US military ships and aircraft to visit Hong Kong. We have also imposed sanctions on several US-headquartered non-governmental organizations, including National Endowment for Democracy, International Republican Institute, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House,” the Chinese diplomat specified.
“We urge the United States to correct mistakes and stop interfering in our internal affairs. China will take all the necessary steps depending on how the situation unfolds in order to protect the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong, as well as the country’s sovereignty, security and development interests,” Hua Chunying emphasized.
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act requires the US administration to conduct annual reviews of the situation in Hong Kong. This is to ensure the parties uphold the “one country, two systems” agreement. The act was signed by US President Donald Trump. It also helps to impose sanctions on Chinese officials, who, according to Washington, are responsible for human rights violations in the administrative region.