fter the United States passed an act supporting the Hong Kong protests, China vowed “firm counter measures” and took the weekend to decide on how to respond. Here’s what they came up with:
- US Navy ship visits to Hong Kong have been suspended.
- A number of American NGOs have sanctioned, including: National Endowment for Democracy, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, International Republican Institute, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom House.
China’s Foreign Ministry announced these moves on Monday. US naval ships typically make several visits to Hong Kong each year for a little rest and relaxation. Foreign NGOs are, of course, already heavily restricted in China.
Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunyang declared that the NGOs “shoulder some responsibility for the chaos in Hong Kong” and should “pay the price.” She also warned that further steps would be taken if the US does not stop “interfering in our internal affairs.”
This comes after President Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act last week. It mandates that the US Secretary of State certify at least once a year whether Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to qualify for special US trading considerations.
While the act angered Beijing, it kicked off public celebrations in Hong Kong on Thanksgiving day featuring protesters waving American flags and singing the Star-Spangled Banner.
Though this all may sound like a pretty weak response from Beijing, there is the matter of the US-China trade war with talks reportedly being stalled again over the Hong Kong legislation.