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US sanctions on Chinese officials just ‘waste paper’: FM
Published: Jul 17, 2021 10:39 AM
HK Photo:VCG

HK Photo:VCG



US sanctions on seven Chinese officials over Hong Kong is just waste paper; China has issued strong counterattacks against US sanctions in the past few years, so if Washington insists on playing such tricks, China will play along until the end, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday, while also strongly opposes and condemns such sanctions.

The remarks slammed the Biden administration's advisory regarding operational risks in Hong Kong to attack the national security law for the HKSAR and the US Treasury Department's sanctions on seven deputy directors of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong on Friday.

The ministry said such moves expose the US' evil intentions of thwarting Hong Kong's stability and prosperity, and they won't succeed. It also said that China will adopt all necessary measures to protect its rights and interests.

The US' latest attempt targeting Hong Kong based on totally ridiculous and unfounded fear-mongering about the situation in the city only serves to prove yet again its hypocrisy and double standards, driven by ideological hegemony, Hong Kong government said after the US imposed sanctions on seven officials over Hong Kong.

The response came after the Biden administration issues an advisory on operational risks in Hong Kong to smear the National Security Law for the HKSAR and US Treasury Department's sanctions of seven deputy directors of central government's liaison office in Hong Kong on Friday.

The Hong Kong government's statement pointed out on Saturday that Hong Kong has ushered a stable and safe environment after the implementation of the national security law. 

The main victims of this latest attack will sadly be those US businesses and US citizens who call Hong Kong their home, said the government. 

A woman holds a Chinese national flag and stands under the flags of China and Hong Kong SAR on July 1 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party and the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong return to China. Photo: IC

A woman holds a Chinese national flag and stands under the flags of China and Hong Kong SAR on July 1 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party and the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong return to China. Photo: IC


The statement added that the cornerstone of Hong Kong's success remains stable. The defamatory remarks in the US 'advisory' that US businesses maintaining a presence or staff in Hong Kong should consider the potential reputational, economic and legal risks is groundless.

A spokesperson from the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs office of the State Council also slammed the US advisory on Hong Kong's business environment as "nonsense." The so-called sanctions from the US won't hinder the Chinese government's determination on safeguarding Hong Kong's stability and prosperity, as well as guarding China's sovereignty, security and development interests.  

"We despise US' move and firmly believe their action will only accelerate doomsday of their proxies in Hong Kong— those anti-China and anti-Hong Kong rioters; they are shooting themselves in the feet," said the spokesperson. 

On Saturday, a spokesperson from the office of the commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong pointed out that the US bullying action is extremely unreasonable, and goes against international laws and basic principles. It warned that US blatant interference into China's domestic affair will be met with a "head-on" counterattack from the Chinese people.

This reveals that the US' action only serves to intimidate foreign investors, sabotage Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, as well as thwart China's development. 

The liaison office also issued a statement on Friday, saying that China is not afraid of evil and will not yield. We believe the US injustice is seeking its own death, and China will fight back firmly against unscrupulous US deeds, the office said in a statement. 

Global Times
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