China Suspends Hong Kong Visits By U.S. Military Ships, Aircraft, Sanctions U.S. NGOs

BEIJING, Dec 3 (NNN-XINHUA) – The Chinese government decided to suspend applications to visit Hong Kong by U.S. military ships and aircraft, as of Monday, a ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, said.

China will also sanction some U.S. non-governmental organisations (NGOs), for their role in the disturbances in Hong Kong, Hua said, at a press conference.

The NGOs include the National Endowment for Democracy, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, International Republican Institute, Human Rights Watch and Freedom House.

A lot of facts and evidence showed the NGOs supported anti-China rioters in Hong Kong, abetted their extreme and violent criminal behaviour and incited separatist activities for “Hong Kong independence,” Hua said, adding, these organisations bear major responsibilities for Hong Kong’s chaotic situation and should be sanctioned and pay their price.

The spokesperson said, the U.S. seriously violated international law and basic norms, governing international relations, and interfered in China’s internal affairs, by signing the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, into law, despite China’s firm opposition.

“China urges the U.S. to correct its mistake and stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs or interfering in China’s other internal affairs by any word and act,” Hua said.

China will take further necessary actions in accordance with the development of the situation, to firmly defend the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong and safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, she said.– NNN-XINHUA