“China has effectively suppressed democracy in Hong Kong. We will take action against those directly responsible for the suppression of democracy in Hong Kong, including through sanctions, a ban on entry to the United States,” he said.
In April, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on the US government to continue sanctions pressure on China over the situation in Hong Kong. Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that Beijing calls on Washington to stop interfering in the internal affairs of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and China as a whole. In the summer of 2019, mass unrest broke out in Hong Kong because of the intention of the local authorities to pass an extradition bill allowing the extradition of offenders to mainland China. The riots continued for several months and were accompanied by roadblocks, violence, arson, and acts of vandalism. The police detained more than 9 thousand violators.