China has vowed it will hit back against U.S. sanctions of its lawmakers following Beijing’s clampdown on freedoms in Hong Kong.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said 14 vice chairs of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) would face asset freezes and travel bans, accusing Beijing of an “unrelenting assault against Hong Kong’s democratic processes.” . . .
On Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a press conference there would be “stern and forceful” countermeasures to the U.S. actions.
She said the sanctions “revealed the U.S. side’s dangerous intentions to interfere in Chinese domestic affairs, destabilize Hong Kong and obstruct China’s stability and development.” (Read more from “China Threatens U.S. With ‘Stern’ Retaliation Over Hong Kong Sanctions” HERE)