China slams US sanctions related to Hong Kong as gangster logic

China accused the United States of “gangster logic” on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump ordered an end to Hong Kong’s special status under US law in response to Beijing’s imposition of new security legislation on the territory.

Iran Press/Asia: According to Reuters, Beijing’s Liaison Office in the Asian financial hub said the move would only damage US interests while having little impact on Hong Kong.

“Unreasonable meddling and shameless threats by the United States are typical gangster logic and bullying behavior,” the office said in a statement.

“No external force can block China’s determination and confidence to maintain national sovereignty and security for Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability.”

Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to end preferential economic treatment for Hong Kong, allowing him to impose sanctions and visa restrictions on Chinese officials and financial institutions involved in the imposition of the law.

China has threatened to impose retaliatory sanctions of its own and summoned the US ambassador to protest.

The Hong Kong government said on Wednesday it would support any action Beijing chose to take against the United States.


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