BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday U.S. military ships and aircraft won’t be allowed to visit Hong Kong, and also announced sanctions against several U.S. non-government organizations for encouraging protesters to “engage in extremist, violent and criminal acts.”
The measures were announced by China’s Foreign Ministry in response to U.S. legislation passed last week supporting anti-government protesters. It said it had suspended taking requests for U.S. military visits indefinitely, and warned of further action to come.
“We urge the U.S. to correct the mistakes and stop interfering in our internal affairs. China will take further steps if necessary to uphold Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity and China’s sovereignty,” said ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing in Beijing.
#UPDATE China suspends US warship visits and sanctions American NGOs in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong https://t.co/x4lGLKKuNb pic.twitter.com/uOl3Ry55en— AFP news agency (@AFP) December 2, 2019
Employees of US-headquartered #NGOs sanctioned by China over the HK-related bill will be restricted from entering #HK, and operations of those NGOs in the city will also likely be limited: Fan Peng of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies. https://t.co/Sve05VqC5c https://t.co/dy7GRmdTnP— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) December 2, 2019