The USA is preparing to sanction a minimum of a dozen more Chinese officials over their role in the recent disqualification of Hong Kong legislators, according to two people familiar with the plans.
The newest round of sanctions over Hong Kong could be announced as soon as Monday, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the measures haven’t been formally announced. The move comes as President Donald Trump continues to pile pressure on China’s Xi Jinping and the ruling Communist Party in his last weeks in office.
While the names or positions of any of the potential targets weren’t immediately known, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo used to be expected to signal off on a list that included high-ranking officials. The Trump administration had prior to now declined to sanction any members of the Politburo’s supreme Standing Committee.
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As many as 14 people were expected to be impacted, Reuters, which first reported the sanctions, said one at a time.
Hong Kong has continued to be rocked by political upheaval in recent weeks. Final month, China passed a resolution allowing the disqualification of Hong Kong lawmakers who weren’t deemed sufficiently loyal — prompting opposition legislators to resign en masse.
Their departure fueled concern approximately Hong Kong’s autonomy from Beijing in the wake of China-drafted national security legislation imposed on the former British colony in June. Prominent native activist Joshua Wong used to be also convicted to more than a year in jail final week for leading a 2019 protest outdoor police headquarters, the newest in a series of moves by Chinese and native officials to clamp down on the city’s battered opposition.[ad_2]