United States has imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials, including the city’s pro-China leader Carrie Lam

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam wears a mask and looks at the camera.

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 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.

Full story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-08/us-sanctions-pro-china-leader-of-hong-kong,-other-officials/12537472

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