China has imposed sanctions on the New York-based Human Rights Watch organization and suspended the review of requests by United States (US) warships to visit Hong Kong.
It was during a press briefing on Monday by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hua Chunying,
She pointed out that "despite strong protests from China, the US authorities insisted on signing the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which is a serious violation of international law and interference in China’s domestic affairs."
China decided to suspend the review of requests from US military ships and aircraft to visit Hong Kong in response to the US’ unreasonable actions.
It also imposed sanctions on several US-headquartered non-governmental organizations, including National Endowment for Democracy, International Republican Institute, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom House.
"We urge the United States to correct mistakes and stop interfering in our internal affairs. China will take all the necessary steps depending on how the situation unfolds in order to protect the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong, as well as the country’s sovereignty, security, and development interests," Hua Chunying emphasized.
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, signed by US President Donald Trump, requires the US administration to conduct annual reviews of the situation in Hong Kong to make sure that the "one country, two systems" agreement is upheld, and impose sanctions on Chinese officials, who, according to Washington, are responsible for human rights violations in the administrative region.