China will impose visa restrictions on U.S. individuals who have “acted viciously” on issues related to Hong Kong, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday.
On Friday, the U.S. Department of State announced it would restrict U.S. visas for a number of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials for “undermining” Hong Kong’s autonomy with its new national security law.
“Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on current and former CCP officials who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy … or undermining human rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong.
Despite international condemnation, China is pressing ahead with a new national security law that would punish people found guilty of “subversion” and other offenses in Hong Kong.
The European Union, Britain, and the U.N. have joined the U.S. in denouncing the new national security law over “fears the law could be used to stifle criticism of Beijing, which uses similar laws on the authoritarian mainland to crush dissent,” the Hong Kong Free Press reported.