A number of undefined restrictions have been placed on 11 U.S. politicians and CEOs by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
They have all been accused of promoting democratic causes, and include Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who has previously been singled out by the Party.
Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, the 11 had “performed badly” regarding issues in Hong Kong, where the CCP has launched a crackdown on any opposition to its new national security law and opposition to the actions taken by the CCP against Muslims in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang.
“The relevant actions of the U.S. blatantly intervened in Hong Kong affairs, grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, and seriously violated international law and the basic norms of international relations,” Lijian said at a daily briefing.
“Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs, which no external forces have rights to interfere with,” he continued.
“China urges the U.S. to have a clear understanding of the situation, correct mistakes, and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and interfering in China’s internal affairs,” he added.
The number of targeted U.S. officials is the exact same number of Chinese and Hong Kong officials that the United States placed under sanctions over the crackdown last week.
On the list are also the names of Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ariz.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman, National Democratic Institute President Derek Mitchell, International Republican Institute President Daniel Twining, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth, and Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House.
On Monday, the CCP defied any opposition to its new national security law in Hong Kong by arresting independent media mogul Jimmy Lai, along with two of his sons on charges of collaborating with foreigners. About 200 police were involved in a search of his Apple Daily newspaper offices. Ten others were also arrested.
According to The New York Times, Hong Kong police said suspected offenses included, “collusion with a foreign country/external elements to endanger national security, conspiracy to defraud.”
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that he was “deeply troubled” by Lai’s arrest, which gave “further proof that the CCP has eviscerated Hong Kong’s freedoms and eroded the rights of its people.”
I’m deeply troubled by reports of the arrest of @JimmyLaiApple under Hong Kong’s draconian National Security Law. Further proof that the CCP has eviscerated Hong Kong’s freedoms and eroded the rights of its people.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 10, 2020