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The 11 Americans sanctioned by the Chinese authorities include Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
After China announced on Monday (August 8) that it would impose sanctions on 10 U.S. officials as a counterattack against Washington’s sanctions on Chinese officials, several U.S. parties issued a statement stating that they would not support Hong Kong people in their struggle for democracy because of Beijing’s actions. Withdraw on the issue.
China has not announced specific sanctions.The sanctioned U.S. officials mostly dismissed the Chinese authorities’ actions, believing that this was Beijing’s intention to divert the international community’s attention to the status quo of Hong Kong.A White House spokesperson said in this regard that the sanctions imposed by the Chinese authorities are "symbolic" and "not effective."
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Li insisted that the reason for the sanctions was that the United States "openly intervened in Hong Kong affairs and grossly interfered in China's internal affairs."
On the same morning that Beijing announced its sanctions, Hong Kong media tycoon Li Zhiying was arrested on suspicion of violating Hong Kong’s "National Security Law". The office building of the "Apple Daily" founded by him was searched, attracting many voices from the international community to criticize Beijing and Hong Kong authorities. Violating the freedom of speech in Hong Kong society.
The 11 Americans sanctioned by the Chinese authorities include five Republican senators including Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, Republican Representative Chris Smith, and the National Foundation for Democracy. President Carl Gershman and five heads of non-profit organizations and human rights groups.
Last week, the US government just announced sanctions on 11 Hong Kong government and officials due to the Hong Kong issue, including Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Hong Kong Liaison Office Director Luo Huining.
"never back down"
The sanctioned U.S. officials have publicly criticized China for increasing crude intervention in Hong Kong.Among them, Rubio and Cruz had previously been sanctioned by the Chinese government for the Xinjiang issue.Rubio responded to this in a mocking tone on Twitter, saying, "Last month, China barred me from entering, and today they sanctioned me. I don't want to think too much, but I start to feel that they don't like me."
A Cruz spokesperson issued a statement on Monday saying that China believes that it can divert attention from the outside world about Beijing’s “suppression of Hong Kong” by re-sanctioning Cruze. This approach “will not work”.
Kenneth Roth, executive chairman of Human Rights Watch, who also belongs to the list of 11 people, said that this is just "to divert attention from the outside world about the overall violation of the rights and interests of Hong Kong people (the Chinese authorities)."
Another sanctioned senator, Tom Cotton, issued a statement saying that it is the "most dangerous threat" to freedom in the world, and he will not back down in confrontation.
"If China feels that my opposition to its communist tyranny so far has given them a reason for these sanctions, I will give them two words: just wait," Cotton said.
"You can retaliate whatever you want, and I won't back down," Missouri Senator Holly also responded on Twitter.
Senator Pat Toomey said that the leaders' recent actions proved how firm they were to "eliminate democracy and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong". His response to this was "I stand with the people of Hong Kong."
Other sanctions include Derek Mitchell, president of the American Association for the Democracy of International Affairs, Daniel Twining, president of the American International Republican Institute, and Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House.
Twining told the "Voice of America" that the current international community is generally concerned about the situation in Hong Kong. "There is no sign that the Chinese Communist Party is willing to abide by any agreement related to Hong Kong. This is an international agreement reached between China and the British government and the international community... Many countries are now concerned about China's repression in Hong Kong. They don't think this is China's. Internal affairs. They believe that this is a sign that they cannot believe that the Chinese Communist Party will abide by the agreement."
"Stop Interfering in China's Internal Affairs"
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference on August 8 that China’s sanctions are a counterattack against the United States’ sanctions on 10 and Hong Kong officials last week.
"Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong. Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs. No external forces have the right to interfere. China urges the US to recognize the situation, correct mistakes, and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and interfering in China's internal affairs," Zhao Li insisted.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government subsequently issued a statement stating that it fully supports the central government's countermeasures against the United States and will fully cooperate in its implementation.
The statement also stated that the United States’ recent sanctions against officials of the Chinese Central Government and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government had "behaved despicably and shamelessly", and "Hong Kong citizens are as indignant as the people of the whole country."
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