US Sanctions 14 More Chinese Officials Over Hong Kong Suppression

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The Unit­ed States on Dec. 7 imposed sanc­tions on 14 Chi­nese offi­cials over their role in cur­tail­ing free­doms in Hong Kong, the lat­est response by the Don­ald Trump admin­is­tra­tion to Beijing’s widen­ing crack­down on the city since it imposed a dra­con­ian nation­al secu­ri­ty law ear­li­er this year.

The sanc­tioned Chi­nese offi­cials are mem­bers of a body (known as the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee) that over­sees the Chi­nese regime’s rub­ber-stamp leg­is­la­ture, the Nation­al People’s Con­gress (NPC), the U.S. Trea­sury web­site showed.

“The U.S. is sanc­tion­ing the senior lead­er­ship of China’s Nation­al People’s Con­gress in con­nec­tion with devel­op­ing, adopt­ing, and imple­ment­ing the Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Law,” Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said in a tweet on Mon­day. “We will hold Bei­jing account­able for destroy­ing Hong Kong’s autonomy.”
Bei­jing on June 30 imposed a nation­al secu­ri­ty law for Hong Kong, after …

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