The four named by the US Treasury Department are in addition to 11 individuals sanctioned since August. They include Edwina Lau, head of the Hong Kong police’s new National Security Division; Senior Superintendent Steve Li of the security division; Li Jiangzhou, deputy director of China’s Office for Safeguarding National Security; and Deng Zhonghua, deputy director of China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office.
Acting Chief Executive Matthew Cheung has slammed new US sanctions as “unacceptable, outrageous barbaric interference in Hong Kong affairs.”
Matthew Cheung, chief secretary for administration of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), on Tuesday denounced the U.S. sanctions on four Chinese officials as “barbaric” and “unacceptable.”
Speaking ahead of the weekly Executive Council meeting, Cheung described Washington’s move as “barbaric interference” in the affairs of China and the HKSAR.
China firmly opposed and strongly condemned the so-called Hong Kong Autonomy Law concocted by the United States and its decision to sanction people, and has lodged solemn representations with the U.S. for imposing sanctions on Chinese personnel, said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian.
China will take countermeasures to safeguard national sovereignty and security interests and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies and relevant personnel if the United States insists on going down the wrong path, Zhao stressed.
Cheung’s remarks came after the U.S. on Monday imposed sanctions on four more Chinese officials.