The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions against nUK Prime Minister of Hong Kong Carrie Lam and 10 other officials. About August 7, reported the press service of the Ministry.
In a release says the sanctions were imposed because of the undermining of the autonomy of Hong Kong, as well as for the restriction of freedom of expression and Assembly of citizens.
“The United States supports the people of Hong Kong, and we will use our tools and the power to prosecute those who undermine the autonomy”, – said the Minister of Finance Steven Mnuchin.
Bank account Lam and officials from the list will be blocked on the territory of the United States. Companies and business in the United States are prohibited from doing business with such persons. Also, officials will be cut off from the American payment system.
On 30 June, the standing Committee of vsekitajsky meeting of national representatives adopted the law on the protection of national security in Hong Kong, which strengthens the control of the Chinese authorities of the Autonomous region. The document gives Beijing more powers to deal with separatism, subversive activities, terrorism and conspiring with foreign influence on autonomy and provides for life imprisonment for crimes in the sphere of national security. The document came into force on the date of adoption.
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have condemned the act, believing that it would undermine the principle of “one country, two systems” and will destroy the status of Hong Kong as a global financial centre. In Beijing, said that he decided to adopt the law “after prolonged social instability and the escalation of street violence that plunged Hong Kong into a difficult situation since 1997”.
After the adoption of the law the Secretary of state Mike Pompeo stated that he is destroying the region’s autonomy. The diplomat noted that the United States will not stand idly by “when China captures Hong Kong to its authoritarian past”.
Hong Kong – a separate administrative region within China. Britain handed control of Hong Kong to China in 1997. According to the Sino-British joint Declaration and the basic law of Hong Kong, the territory granted broad autonomy until 2047 under the formula “one country, two systems”. It guarantees freedoms that are not enjoyed in China.
In the summer of 2019 in Hong Kong began anti-government protests in connection with the intention to pass a law that would allow extradition at the request of Chinese authorities. This document was revoked, but the protests continued. Their participants demanded to reduce the influence of mainland China on the city politics, early election, investigate the actions of police and an Amnesty for detained demonstrators. The epidemic of coronavirus suspended action, but at the end of April they resumed.