The Chinese Embassy in the United States called the visa restrictions against Chinese officials imposed by Washington because of Hong Kong a wrong decision and called for it to be canceled.
Earlier on Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States imposed visa restrictions against Chinese Communist Party officials for “undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy and violating human rights.”
“We urge the US side to immediately correct their mistakes, withdraw decisions and stop interfering in the internal affairs of China,” the diplomatic mission said in a statement.
The United States threatens China with sanctions, accusing it of oppressing Uighurs and other Muslim groups, violating human rights, including in Tibet and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and stating that the bill protecting the Hong Kong Parliament is aimed at eliminating its high autonomy. The Chinese authorities rejected all accusations and criticism, urging not to interfere in the country’s exclusively internal affairs.
The Beijing bill provides for a ban on subversive and separatist activities. It implies a ban on all forms of incitement aimed at overthrowing the central government, as well as terrorism and outside interference.