US sanctions Hong Kong leader Lam

US sanctions Hong Kong leader Lam

Aug 08, 2020

Washington DC (USA), Aug 8: The United States has imposed sanctions against Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and 10 other officials from the territory and mainland China.
Washington accuses them of undermining Hong Kong's autonomy and restricting citizens' freedom of expression and assembly.
The measure freezes their assets in the United States.
The officials include Chris Tang, the commissioner of the Hong Kong Police Force, and Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macao affairs office.
In a statement, the US Treasury Department said "Carrie Lam is the chief executive directly responsible for implementing Beijing's policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes."
US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said, "The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong and we will use our tools and authorities to target those undermining their autonomy."
In a separate statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the move is intended to "send a clear message that the Hong Kong authorities' actions are unacceptable" and a contravention of China's "one country, two systems" commitments.
Last month, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end the preferential economic and trade treatment Washington gives to Hong Kong.
Source: NHK World