China's Legislature Vows to Retaliate Against U.S. Over Hong Kong
What’s new: China will take reciprocal measures to sanction U.S. officials who meddle in Hong Kong issues, the country’s top legislature said Wednesday.
A spokesperson of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) blasted the Trump administration’s recent decision to sanction Chinese officials over Hong Kong policies, calling it “hysterical political bullying.”
“China strongly condemns and firmly opposes” the U.S. decisions, the spokesperson said.
The background: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced earlier this week sanctions against 14 members of the NPC in the latest clash between the two countries on issues related to Hong Kong.
The officials targeted with asset freezes and travel bans include Wang Chen, vice chairman of the NPC Standing Committee and Cao Jianming, former chief prosecutor of the government’s Supreme People‘s Procuratorate.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry vowed Tuesday that the country would respond with “vigorous countermeasures.”
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