Washington, July 15
President Donald Trump has not dominated out additional sanctions on prime Chinese officers that would come along with actions taken this week to punish China for its dealing with of Hong Kong, a White House National Security Council spokesman mentioned on Wednesday.
The Hong Kong Autonomy Act, which Trump signed on Tuesday, permits him to impose sanctions and visa restrictions on Chinese officers and monetary establishments concerned within the imposition of China’s new nationwide safety legislation in Hong Kong.
Bloomberg reported Trump had dominated out extra sanctions on prime Chinese officers for now to keep away from escalating tensions.
National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot famous Trump final week issued sanctions towards Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officers for his or her therapy of minority Uighur Muslims.
“In no way has he taken anything off the table with respect to further sanctions of party officials for actions in Hong Kong or on other issues. Any suggestion otherwise by anonymous sources is flat out wrong,” Ullyot mentioned.
White House discussions are ongoing about potential targets for sanctions and no remaining choices have been made, in keeping with an individual acquainted with the matter.
Among names being pushed is Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who has backed implementation of the safety legislation, the supply mentioned.
The New York Times reported later Wednesday that the Trump administration was contemplating a sweeping ban on journey to the United States by CCP members.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the laws Trump signed and an government order ending Hong Kong’s particular standing underneath U.S. legislation have been justified.
“General Secretary Xi Jinping made a option to violate the Chinese Communist Party’s guarantees to Hong Kong that have been made in U.N.-registered treaty. He didn’t have to try this and he made that alternative,” Pompeo instructed reporters.
Pompeo famous on Twitter afterward Wednesday that Trump mentioned the United States would “place a special emphasis” on admitting Hong Kong residents as refugees. “We stand with the Hong Kong people,” Pompeo mentioned. Reuters