China suspends U.S. Navy visits due to Hong Kong law

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 2nd, 2019 9:08 am

Last Updated Dec 2nd, 2019 at 11:06 am

China said on Monday that it will suspend U.S. military ship and aircraft visits to Hong Kong after President Trump signed legislation supporting the months-long protests in the city.

The country has also sanctioned several American pro-democracy and human rights organizations "in response to America's unreasonable behavior," according to foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

China has placed sanctions on a variety of organizations, including the National Endowment for Democracy, the National Democratic Institute for International Affair, Human Rights Watch, the International Republican Institute, and Freedom House.

"China urges the United States to correct its mistakes and stop any words and deeds that interfere in Hong Kong and China's internal affairs," Hua said.

Trump signed a law last Wednesday placing sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who commit human rights abuses. It also mandates an annual review of the trade status granted to Hong Kong by Washington. The legislation was backed by lawmakers who support the Hong Kong protesters' bid for democracy.

? Hong Kong has been rocked by protests for nearly six months, sparked by a since-withdrawn bill that allowed for Hong Kong citizens to be extradited to mainland China. Protesters expanded their demands to include democratic elections and an investigation into police response.

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