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Monday, August 10, 2020, 09:02
US sanctions decried as barbarous, hegemonic
By Gang Wen in Hong Kong
Monday, August 10, 2020, 09:02 By Gang Wen in Hong Kong

Central authorities posted in Hong Kong and the city’s government officials and political heavyweights sharply criticized the US over its latest sanctions on the city, saying the barbarous and hegemonic move was against international law and an attempt to contain China’s rise.

The criticism came after the Trump administration announced on Friday a sanctions list of 11 individuals, including Luo Huining, the director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; and Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the city’s chief executive.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of China’s State Council denounced the US sanctions as “nothing but a hysterical outburst of hegemonism”

The US made public some of the listed officials’ personal information, including passport and identification numbers and private addresses.

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In a statement issued on Sunday, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of China’s State Council denounced the US sanctions as “nothing but a hysterical outburst of hegemonism.”

A spokesperson from the office said China will never allow any external forces to manipulate Hong Kong affairs or endanger the nation’s national security.

Also on Sunday, a spokesperson of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR said the latest US sanctions, which target officials and crack down on Chinese tech firms, have crossed the line both politically and morally.

The moves, which have clearly revealed the Trump administration’s hypocrisy and double standards, will only hurt the administration’s credibility and reputation, the spokesperson said.

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Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung stressed that the advantages Hong Kong enjoys are not a gift from the Western powers, and the so-called sanctions will have no effect on the long-term prosperity of Hong Kong, he wrote.

Also writing in his own Sunday blog, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said such actions by the US have brought into focus its double standards, raising doubts about the sincerity of its stand on so-called universal values.

In a one-on-one interview with China Daily on Sunday, former Hong Kong police commissioner Tang King-shing said that the US move is a way to show its support for those behind Hong Kong’s social unrest in 2019.

“If you look a little carefully, these Hong Kong officials are the key people who were taking actions in maintaining the law and order in Hong Kong, quelling the violent protests,” he told China Daily.

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Stanley Ng Chau-pei, the president of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions — the city’s largest labor union — also slammed the “shameless hegemony” of the Trump administration.

In a social media post, Ng said China always adheres to the principle of peaceful coexistence with foreign countries in maintaining international relations, but in the face of barbarous hegemony, the motherland will “bravely fight back against it”.

gangwen@chinadaily.com.cn



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