China To Take 'countermeasures' Over US Move On HK

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2020-06-30 HKT 16:33

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  • China to take 'countermeasures' over US move on HK

Beijing said on Tuesday that it will retaliate after the US announced it was ending the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong in response to the national security law for the SAR.

Beijing passed the sweeping law on Tuesday morning. Critics and many western governments fear it will smother Hong Kong's freedoms and hollow out its autonomy.

"US attempts to obstruct China advancing the Hong Kong national security legislation through so-called sanctions will never prevail," said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.

"In response to the US' wrongful actions, China will take necessary countermeasures."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday night that the US was ending the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong because Washington "can no longer distinguish between the export of controlled items to Hong Kong or to mainland China".

The State Department will end all exports to Hong Kong on its controlled list, which includes items ranging from advanced ammunition to military hardware that already need the green light from the administration and Congress. (AFP)