The United States has imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials, including the city’s pro-China leader Carrie Lam, accusing them of cooperating with Beijing’s effort to undermine autonomy and crack down on freedoms in the former British colony.
- The action blocks all property or other assets that the individuals have within US jurisdiction
- Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong earlier this year
- The US says the law allows authorities in mainland China to operate with impunity in Hong Kong
The sanctions are the latest in a string of actions the Trump administration has taken targeting China, as tensions between the two nations rise over trade, COVID-19 and other issues.
US President Donald Trump has blamed Beijing for the coronavirus outbreak in the US as he seeks to deflect criticism of his own handling of the pandemic in an election year.
The US Treasury Department said the sanctions on Ms Lam and 10 other officials were authorized by an executive order signed recently by Mr Trump.