China denounces legal implications of US sanctions on Mainland and Hong Kong
The US has violated international law and basic norms governing international relations by unilaterally imposing sanctions on Chinese citizens and legal entities in accordance with its domestic laws
US sanctions have no legal effect on the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) addressed in its statement on Thursday, stressing that sovereignty is essentially non-negotiable and core interests are impossible to be compromised.
As part of an escalating anti-China campaign, the US has unilaterally imposed a series of sanctions since last August on more than a dozen of Chinese officials including Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam. The sanctions included allowing US authorities to freeze these officials’ assets and prohibit US firms from doing businesses with them.
The US has violated international law and basic norms governing international relations by unilaterally imposing sanctions on Chinese citizens and legal entities in accordance with its domestic laws, CBIRC noted in the statement.
“We will firmly uphold national sovereignty, security and development interests, support financial institutions in conducting their businesses in accordance with the law, and provide fair and quality financial services to all clients, including citizens from Hong Kong and the mainland,” it said.
According to the CBIRC, a number of new foreign institutions have been established in the banking and insurance industries over the past year and quite a few of them are from the US. Both Chinese and US enterprises and citizens have benefited from the extensive financial cooperation between the two countries.
“A stable China-US relationship not only serves the fundamental interests of the people in the two countries, but also represents the common expectations of the international community, Several Chinese officials and prominent academics on Hong Kong affairs said the looming US sanctions on at least 12 Chinese officials would not be as meaningful as several Hong Kong-related bills passed by the US Congress since the social turmoil in the Chinese city in 2019. Those so-called punitive moves made by Washington are purely political gestures.
Following media reports that the US government has been mulling new sanctions on at least 12 Chinese officials for the recent disqualification of Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) lawmakers, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying reiterated China’s position against US interference in China’s internal affairs through Hong Kong-related issues, which Hua said has always been obvious.
Reuters reported on Monday that the US is preparing to impose sanctions on at least a dozen Chinese officials “over their alleged role” in the disqualification of some lawmakers in Hong Kong, and the move will target Communist Party of China (CPC) officials, including those from the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature. The measures include freezing their assets and financial sanctions, Reuters said, citing unnamed sources.
“The so-called sanctions have yet to be announced,” Hua said at the routine press conference on Monday,