The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on Hong Kong chief government Carrie Lam, and 10 different prime officers from Hong Kong and mainland China.
The sanctions have been used to focus on these undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy, mentioned Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
“The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong,” Mr Mnuchin added.
The transfer comes weeks after China imposed a controversial nationwide safety regulation on Hong Kong, which critics say threatened its freedoms.
US-China tensions proceed to escalate – just a few hours in the past, the Trump administration moved to ban US transactions with the Chinese owners of the WeChat and TikTok apps..
Among these sanctioned are Hong Kong’s police commissioner and a number of other political secretaries.
The US Treasury instantly accused Ms Lam of “implementing Beijing’s policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes”.
“In 2019, Lam pushed for an update to Hong Kong’s extradition arrangements to allow for extradition to the mainland, setting off a series of massive opposition demonstrations in Hong Kong,” the US Treasury added in a press release.
Hong Kong’s safety regulation
The US has strongly criticised Hong Kong’s nationwide safety regulation, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling it an “Orwellian move” and an assault “on the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong”.
Announcing the sanctions on Friday, Mr Pompeo mentioned: “The Chinese Communist Party has made clear that Hong Kong will never again enjoy the high degree of autonomy that Beijing itself promised to the Hong Kong people and the United Kingdom for 50 years.
“President Trump has made clear that the United States will due to this fact deal with Hong Kong as ‘one nation, one system’ and take motion in opposition to people who’ve crushed the Hong Kong individuals’s freedoms.”
The 11 sanctioned officials will have all property in the US seized and financial assets frozen.
Ms Lam has previously scoffed at the suggestion of sanctions, saying last month: “I should not have any belongings within the United States nor do I lengthy for transferring to the United States.”
She told reporters she would “simply snicker it off” if the US sanctioned her.
The latest sanctions were authorised by an executive order Mr Trump signed in July aimed at punished China for its role in Hong Kong’s affairs.