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[#1] U.S. curbs visas for Chinese officials    
U.S. curbs visas for Chinese officials over Hong Kong freedoms: Pompeo
David Brunnstrom

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday Washington was imposing visa restrictions on Chinese officials responsible for restricting freedoms in Hong Kong, but he did not name any of those targeted.

The move comes ahead of a three-day meeting of China's parliament from Sunday expected to enact new national security legislation for Hong Kong that has alarmed foreign governments and democracy activists.

The U.S. visa restrictions apply to "current and former" Chinese Communist Party officials “believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy,” Pompeo said, without naming them.

Last month, President Donald Trump responded to China'ss plans by saying he was initiating a process to eliminate special economic treatment that has allowed Hong Kong to remain a global financial center since its handover by Britain in 1997.

Pompeo's announcement represents the first concrete U.S. step in response to China's moves, but Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies, said visa restrictions were largely symbolic and the fact that no names were given could lessen their impact.

A State Department spokeswoman said relatives of designees could also be barred. A Bloomberg columnist quoted a department official as saying the number of officials targeted was "in the single digits.”

Chinese embassy spokeswoman Fang Hong said China "opposes the U.S. side's wrongful decisions,” and added that China's legislation targeted only “a very narrow category of acts that seriously jeopardize national security.”

"We urge the U.S. to immediately correct its mistakes, withdraw the decisions and stop interfering in China's domestic affairs,” she said.

Wall Street's major indexes tumbled on Friday after a Wall Street Journal article said U.S. “meddling” on issues like Hong Kong and Taiwan could jeopardize Chinese purchases under a Phase 1 trade deal Trump agreed with China in January, spooking investors already worried about a surge in coronavirus cases.

Pompeo's announcement comes at a time of intensified U.S. rhetoric against Beijing as Trump campaigns for re-election. Opinion polls have shown voters increasingly embittered toward China, especially over the coronavirus, which began there.

"President Trump promised to punish the Chinese Communist Party officials who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong's freedoms. Today, we are taking action to do just that,” Pompeo said.

He accused China of pressuring local authorities to arrest pro-democracy activists and disqualify electoral candidates, and added: “The United States will continue to review its authorities to respond to these concerns.”

Pompeo said last week Washington would treat Hong Kong as a Chinese city rather than an autonomous one to the extent that China treated the territory as a Chinese city. He said Hong Kong elections due in September would show China's intentions.

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved a bill that would impose mandatory sanctions on people or companies that back efforts to restrict Hong Kong’s autonomy. It includes secondary sanctions on banks that do business with anyone backing any crackdown on the territory's autonomy.

A Hong Kong government spokesman called the legislation unacceptable, China's official Xinhua news agency said.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Jonathan Oatis, Richard Chang and Daniel Wallis
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[#2] U.S. curbs visas for Chinese officials    
有評論話包括中港現任同前任官員.

【港版國安法】蓬佩奧:對損害香港高度自治中共官員 實施入境簽證限制

美國國務卿蓬佩奧周五說,美國對需為打壓香港自由負責的中共官員實施入境簽證限制。中國駐華盛頓大使館說,美方的行動是「錯誤」決定,應立刻改正。

蓬佩奧在聲明說:「今天,我宣佈對所有要為損害香港高度自治負責及有份參與的現任和前任中共官員,實施簽證限制...特朗普總統承諾會懲罰打壓香港自由的中共官員,今天,我們據此採取行動。」他沒有在聲明中點名針對哪些官員。

他說,中共透過宣佈對香港有全面管治權、港區國安法立法、向特區政府施壓指控至少一位立法會議員行為不檢、拘捕民主派人士和取消親民主派候選人參選資格,加強削弱香港自治。他說,北京政府持續的行動損害其在《中英聯合聲明》的承諾和責任。

他呼籲中國履行容許香港高度自治的承諾,「美國將繼續檢視其權力以回應這些關注」。

美國參議院周四一致通過《香港自治法案》(Hong Kong Autonomy Act),呼籲制裁支持中國限制香港自治的人或公司。特區政府發言人周五(26日)晚上回應美國《香港自治法案》,指當中提及美國國會對香港事務的評論,「許多具有嚴重誤導性,更毫無事實根據」;法案的「制裁」對香港金融機構不具法律效力,港府促美方以負責任態度行事,避免採取可能會影響金融機構正常運作及客戶的舉動,聲稱如何在港落實一國兩制是中國內部事務,任何其他國家或國會都無權干預。
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[#3] U.S. curbs visas for Chinese officials    
香港ccp難道還少?
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[#4] U.S. curbs visas for Chinese officials    
含春瑩快啲出嚟發炮啦!
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[#5] U.S. curbs visas for Chinese officials    
【港區國安法】蓬佩奧:將向損害港高度自治中共官員 實施簽證限制

環球政治 08:44 2020/06/27


美國國務卿蓬佩奧周五表示,華府將會對有份損害香港高度自治的一些現任及前任中共官員實施簽證限制,但無透露哪些人會受影響。

蓬佩奧發表聲明稱,美國總統特朗普曾經承諾要懲罰剝奪香港自由的中共官員,華府因此採取行動。

蓬佩奧說,會向被認為有責任或合謀破壞高度自治,或打壓人權與基本權利的前任及現任中共官員,實施簽證限制,有關措施亦可能適用於涉事官員的家屬。

聲明提到,美國要求中國履行在《中英聯合聲明》中的承諾及義務,即是香港享有高度自治、人權與基本自由,包括言論及集會自由會受法律保障,並獲香港當局尊重,強調香港的高度自治、充份履行《中英聯合聲明》及尊重人權是至關重要,華府會繼續審視情況,回應有關問題。

外交部發言人趙立堅早前在北京重申,香港維護國家安全立法的問題純屬中國內政,任何外國無權干預。中國政府維護國家主權、安全、發展利益的決心堅定不移,貫徹「一國兩制」方針的決心堅定不移,反對任何外部勢力干涉香港事務的決心堅定不移。如果有人要執意損害中方利益,中方必將採取一切必要措施予以堅決回擊。

日前美國國會參議院通過《香港自治法案》,內容涉及可制裁美方認為損害香港自治的人士及企業。特區政府表示強烈反對,敦促美國國會立即停止干預香港特區的內部事務。

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[#6] U.S. curbs visas for Chinese officials    
RE#2,

多謝拳哥, 拳哥話:「港公僕亦是中國特區公僕。在一國兩制下,香港作為國家特別行政區,香港公務員同樣是「中華人民共和國香港特別行政區政府的公務員」。」
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[#6] 香港班官多得佢唔少。另一身份係國家公務員,今次仆街了!
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美帝繼續出拳!
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