China has announced that it has banned U.S. military ships and aircraft from stopping in Hong Kong in response to laws passed last week by Washington on British excolonia and said it will increase sanctions against US NGOs such as Human Rights Watch (HRW ).
The spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, said at a press conference that the validation of the so-called "Law on Human Rights and Democracy in Hong Kong" by the United States, for which Washington could punish Chinese officials, "it is a serious violation of international law".
"In response to this, we have decided to suspend the review of any request for American military ships and planes to stop in Hong Kong and increase sanctions for American NGOs that behave badly in the riots," said Hua.
This new measure represents another step in the growing tension between the two countries due to the situation of the territory.
In addition to HRW, the US non-governmental organizations that will be sanctioned by China, according to the spokeswoman, are the National Foundation for Democracy, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the International Republican Institute and Freedom House.
Hua noted thatand "many facts and evidence" show that these NGOs "support the anti-China movement" in Hong Kong and "they encourage them to engage in violent and criminal activities and instigate these separatist activities."
"They (those onegés) carry important responsibilities in the chaos in Hong Kong and must be sanctioned and pay their price," he said.
The spokeswoman said China urges the US to "correct its mistakes" and "stop interfering" in the internal affairs of the Asian country.
"China will take more measures if necessary, and will defend prosperity and stability in Hong Kong, as well as the national sovereignty of our country, "he added.
Asked about the details of the sanctions that China will apply to the NGOs cited, Hua avoided answering.
Last Thursday, US President Donald Trump validated two projects supporting the protest movement in Hong Kong, which provoked the angry reaction of the Chinese government, which summoned the US ambassador to Beijing, Terry Branstad.
Shortly after the validation of the laws, the Chinese government threatened to launch "countermeasures" if the United States continued to meddle in China's internal affairs.