Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury

 Highlights

·  U.S. officials stated that Lam was “responsible for implementing Beijing’s Policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes”

·  The sanctioning of Lam and 10 other officials were authorised by an executive order signed by Donald Trump

·  The order is intended to punish China for it’s partake in Hong Kong’s affair

‘One country, One System’

The Treasury Department of the United states have sanctioned Hong Kong executive Carrie Lam and 10 of her associates as a response to curtailing political freedoms in the former U.K. Colony.

“President Donald Trump has made clear that The United States will therefore treat Hong Kong as ‘one country, one System’ and take action against individuals who have crushed the Hong Kong people’s freedoms.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after the Communist Party of China cleared that Hong Kong “will never enjoy the high degree of autonomy”.

Steven Munchin , Treasury Secretary said in a statement “The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong and we will use our tools and authorities to target those undermining their autonomy.”

Lam was directly held responsible for violating policies of freedom and democracy.

Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of China’s State Council, and Chris Tang, commissioner of the Hong Kong Police Force were among her allies who were sanctioned.

The officials stated that the 11 individuals sanctioned will have their assets and properties frozen in the U.S. mainland. However, it is not clear whether they will be affected financially.

Hong Kong was intimidated

Chinese officials had imposed certain strict policies on Hong Kong in the last two months. Last week, the authorities set boundaries on the limits of defiance in the financial fronts, which prevented activists from seeking office and also arresting four others over social media posts. Thus, such consequent actions have threatened the U.K.’s colony in the Chinese mainland.

Responding to the sanctioning

Last week when the Hong Kong Chief executive asked about being targeted by the U.S. authorities, she had made clear that she simply doesn’t have any plans to move to the United States and that she doesn’t have any assets there. She added that she would ‘just laugh it off’ if the Trump administration sanctioned her.

Previously, a senior official of China’s Communist Party and three others were sanctioned over the violation of human rights for abusing ethnic Minority Muslims in Xinjiang.

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