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Beijing officials call US sanctions over Hong Kong ‘ridiculous' and ‘clowning actions'

Added 08-08-20 03:18:02am EST - “Beijing officials fired back early Saturday at the Trump administration, calling sanctions the U.S. imposed over the treatment of Hong Kong "ridiculous" and "clowning actions.R?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Beijing officials call US sanctions over Hong Kong ‘ridiculous’ and ‘clowning actions’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Beijing officials fired back early Saturday at the Trump administration, calling sanctions the U.S. imposed over the treatment of Hong Kong “ridiculous” and “clowning actions.”

The White House announced the new sanctions Friday against Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and 10 other Hong Kong and Chinese officials as a penalty for ending the territory’s political autonomy.

“The unscrupulous intentions of the U.S. politicians to support the anti-China chaos in Hong Kong have been revealed, and their clowning actions are really ridiculous,” Beijing’s top representative office in Hong Kong, the Liaison Office, said in a statement.

While announcing the sanctions, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had singled out Lam in a statement as the official “directly responsible for implementing Beijing’s policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes.”

“The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong and we will use our tools and authorities to target those undermining their autonomy,” Mnuchin said.

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