US imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed that Washington is imposing visa restrictions over Chinese Communist Party officials believed to be responsible for undermining freedoms in Hong Kong.

He said the move is as per President Donald Trump’s promise to punish Beijing over a proposed security law that could erode Hong Kong’s autonomy.

China said the US decision was a “mistake” that should be withdrawn.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will analyse the new law during the meeting, which starts on Sunday.

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China has proposed security legislation that would make it a crime to threaten Beijing’s authority in Hong Kong, and could also see China installing its own security agencies in the territory for the first time.

The move has sparked a new wave of anti-mainland protests in Hong Kong.

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