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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on China's Decision to Impose Sanctions on Relevant US Individuals and Entity

Q: On July 16, the US Department of State, the US Department of the Treasury, the US Department of Commerce, and the US Department of Homeland Security, issued the so-called "Hong Kong Business Advisory". The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed financial sanctions on seven deputy directors of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in HKSAR by adding them to its list of Specially Designated Nationals. In response, China has stated its determination to take all measures necessary in accordance with law to defend itssovereignty, security and development interests. What specific measures will China take?

A: The US has concocted the so-called "Hong Kong Business Advisory" to groundlessly smear Hong Kong's business environment, and illegally imposed sanctions on several officials of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR. These acts gravely violate international law and basic norms governing international relations, and severely interfere in China's internal affairs. China firmly opposes and strongly condemns this.

In response to the erroneous practice of the US side, China has decided to take reciprocal countermeasures, and impose sanctions on seven US individuals and entity according to the Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law, including former US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Louis Ross, Chairman of US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) Carolyn Bartholomew, former Staff Director of Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) Jonathan Stivers, DoYun Kim at National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, senior program manager of the International Republican Institute (IRI) Adam Joseph King, China Director at Human Rights Watch Sophie Richardson, and Hong Kong Democratic Council.

I would like to stress once again that Hong Kong is China's Special Administrative Region and its affairs are an integral part of China's internal affairs. Any attempt by external forces to interfere in Hong Kong's affairs would be as futile as an ant trying to shake a big tree.

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