China to sanction United States organizations after law passed on Hong Kong

A pro-democracy supporter waves a flag during a rally by the advertising industry in Hong Kong on Monday

A pro-democracy supporter waves a flag during a rally by the advertising industry in Hong Kong on Monday

China decided on Monday to take a series of actions in response to the United States's move of signing the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 into law, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

There are fears that the dispute over Hong Kong could impact efforts by Beijing and Washington to reach a preliminary deal to de-escalate a prolonged trade war between the world's two largest economies.

She described the HKHRDA as clear interference by Washington in Hong Kong's internal affairs, echoing the stance of Beijing, which on Monday responded by banning the stopover of U.S. military ships and aircraft in the city and imposed sanctions on several non-governmental organizations and human rights groups.

"The impact now is on confidence", Lam said.

She said the HK government had about HK$1.1 trillion in fiscal reserves to weather pressures from bruising Sino-US trade disputes and prolonged anti-government protests.

Lam said the piece of legislation would undermine the global community's confidence in Hong Kong, noting that thousands of American enterprises, which had their regional headquarters in the city, were also opposed to the Act for fear of economic uncertainties.

It also enables the USA government to freeze the assets of, and refuse visas to, officials deemed responsible for human rights violations in the city.

Hong Kong has been shaken by six months of sometimes violent unrest in the biggest concern to Chinese stability since the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.

"I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong", Trump said in a statement.

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The city's finance chief warned Monday that Hong Kong is set to record its first budget deficit in 15 years.

Cheng, who returned to Hong Kong from Beijing on Tuesday, told reporters at the airport that she had suffered a bone fracture around her wrist and had an operation in London.

'They shoulder some responsibility for the chaos in Hong Kong and they should be sanctioned and pay the price, ' she said.

Lam did not specify what the new measures would look like. Human Rights Watch said it has repeatedly urged Hong Kong police not to use excessive force to suppress peaceful protests, while also calling on protesters and those opposed to them to refrain from violence.

They displayed a banner that read "Condemn U.S. hegemony invading Hong Kong and interfering in China's internal affairs". Beijing blames foreign countries including the United States for inciting unrest.

China urges the U.S.to correct its wrongdoing and stop meddling in China's affairs, including Hong Kong affairs.

"Hong Kong's human rights and freedom are protected under the Basic Law", Lam said, referring to the territory's mini-constitution.

Activists have pledged to hold lunchtime rallies throughout the week after a mass demonstration over the weekend when police fired tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters.

Radical protests have been wreaking havoc in Hong Kong since June, at times forcing businesses, government institutions, schools and even the worldwide airport to shut down.

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