translated from Spanish: China condemns U.S. sanctions against Hong Kong chief executive

China’s authorities on Saturday condemned sanctions announced by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration against Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam and 11 other senior territory government officials for employing «repression tactics against opposition activists and political dissidents.» In a statement, the director of the China Government Liaison Office in Hong Kong, Luo Huining, who has also been included in the sanctions list, lashed out against Washington and noted that the measures against him imply that he «has done what he should for his country.» Thus, he sarcastically offered to send Trump $100 for «the US president to freeze them» and stressed that this is not «a sanction as such if it lacks property abroad.» While Luo ridiculed the measures announced by the US government, the Liaison Office stated that «if the United States believes that these sanctions forced China into commit to something, they are very wrong.» In this regard, citing Hong Kong’s controversial security law, which would have raised sanctions, Beijing insisted that its task is to «ensure its sovereignty» and to protect «security and order» in China’s special administrative region, which has experienced upful moments during the last year of protests.» We ask American politicians to be vigilant about the idea that regardless of how they try to intervene in Chinese affairs and put pressure on the Government, it is impossible to hinder prosperous development,» the text states. This law was the subject of the largest protests in the territory’s history, organized last year, suspended by the Covid-19 pandemic, and which in recent weeks has resurfaced as the Chinese government made its intention to enact the Security Act Nacional.De agreement with the declaration, the United States will proceed to freeze properties and assets that are in the United States or in the possession or control of American persons related to the sanctions.



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