“Protecting stability”, Beijing announced sanctions Washington

«Защита стабильности»: Пекин объявил санкции ВашингтонуThe Chinese authorities have imposed restrictions against American companies. The reason for the sanctions was adopted in U.S. law for human rights in Hong Kong, where eight months pass anti-government demonstrations. Beijing described Washington’s actions as interference in the internal Affairs of the country and urged the White house to “correct the mistakes”.

China imposed sanctions against a number of non-governmental organizations, including Human Rights Watch, because of U.S. law for human rights in Hong Kong, said the official representative of the Chinese foreign Ministry Hua Chunying.

“China has decided to introduce restrictive measures against some American non-governmental organizations, including the National Endowment for Democracy, International Republican Institute, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House,” added the diplomat.

So Beijing responded to the U.S. law on the protection of human rights and democracy in Hong Kong, said Hua Chunying, as this law violates international law and basic norms of international relations, but also constitutes interference in the internal Affairs of China.

“We urge the US to correct mistakes, to stop interfering in the Affairs of Beijing. China will take all necessary steps in accordance with the situation to protect the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong and national sovereignty”, — said the representative of the Chinese foreign Ministry.

It is worth noting that Washington has adopted a controversial bill on the rights of the people of Hong Kong in late November.

This initiative has obliged the US administration to report to Congress on the situation on human rights in the Chinese Autonomous region and to assess the city’s autonomy from Beijing. The law also allows American lawmakers to impose sanctions against those who allow violations in Hong Kong.

The US actions had a negative impact on relations between Washington and Beijing, and so complicated a trade war between the parties. Economic confrontation lasts more than a year, in recent years the parties have achieved positive results in the negotiations and was prepared to conclude a trade agreement.

However, the new law, the United States froze contacts between the two countries on this issue, said portal Axios with reference to sources, at present the parties do not conduct any trade negotiations. The publication claims that the White house expected when the internal policy of the President of China XI Jinping’s “calm down”.

The parties have been unable to reach agreement on some key economic issues, in particular, the abolition of the American duties on Chinese goods, compliance of trading transactions and issue of guarantees on the part of China.

In addition, the White house still has not chosen a place of signing the agreement, stressed Axios, we are talking about the final document for the first phase of negotiations. Among the probable places is considered the residence of the President of the United States Donald trump at camp David. However, the signing of the agreement will be held before the end of 2019, according to sources of the portal, in the administration of the American leader is confident of success.

Despite the negative reaction of Beijing, Washington is not going to refuse from the law in Hong Kong, where for eight months of mass anti-government protests. USA extremely concerned about what is happening in the Chinese Autonomous region and are confident that their initiative was supposedly to ensure a peaceful end to the stock.

Trump himself claims that he signed the law out of respect for XI Jinping and the people of Hong Kong. “They are introduced in the hope that the leaders and representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to peacefully resolve their differences, which will lead to long-term peace and prosperity for all”, — said the President of the United States.

In addition to the law on the rights of Hong Kongers, the United States also imposed a ban on the export of ammunition and equipment for police officers in Hong Kong. In Washington, such measures are explained by the fact that American funds should not be used to disperse peaceful protests.

As noted in conversation with “Газетой.Ru” the head of the Center for Asia-Pacific studies, IMEMO ran Alexander LOMANOV, the new laws in fact, the US provoked Hong Kong people on the future of the demonstration, because the activists feel the protection from Washington.

“Prior to the law was the hope that the excitement will fade by themselves. This law was passed at the time when the peak of the mess was almost reached. It could be assumed that after winning the elections, the protests will go in a peaceful direction,” — said the expert.

The fact that the US administration has approved the law on the rights of the people of Hong Kong after the local elections in the city. The opposition became the absolute leader of the vote received 347 of 452 seats in the district councils, and loyal to the Chinese authorities, the candidates took only 60.


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