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China to Introduce Visa Restrictions on US Officials Meddling in Hong Kong Affairs - Ministry

© REUTERS / Hyungwon KangThe People's Republic of China flag and the U.S. Stars and Stripes fly along Pennsylvania Avenue near the US Capitol during Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit in Washington, DC, US on January 18, 2011.
The People's Republic of China flag and the U.S. Stars and Stripes fly along Pennsylvania Avenue near the US Capitol during Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit in Washington, DC, US on January 18, 2011. - Sputnik International
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Earlier, China’s Embassy in the United States called on Washington to lift the newly introduced visa restrictions for Chinese officials over the situation in Hong Kong.

China has decided to impose visa restrictions on Americans who interfere in Hong Kong affairs, Zhao Lijian, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said on Monday.

"Of course, this is a new measure. We decided to impose visa restrictions on American people who are ill-intentioned on the issue of Hong Kong", Zhao Lijian said at a briefing.

When asked which officials exactly the restrictions target, Zhao said that they "knew this themselves, instinctively."

The Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesman stressed that Hong Kong's security was a matter of China's domestic policy exclusively, warning against interference.

Earlier, the United States imposed visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials for allegedly undermining Hong Kong's autonomy.

In late May, US President Donald Trump said his administration would sanction Hong Kong government officials as well as Chinese officials who are directly or indirectly involved in the erosion of the region’s autonomy.

Trump also said the United States would begin a process to eliminate policy exemptions that provide Hong Kong with special treatment on trade, technology, and other matters.

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