Selin ATAY-TDO-Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated that the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, passed by both wings of Congress in the United States, "seriously interfered" with Hong Kong's internal affairs.
In response to the law, Hua said, U.S. Navy ships and aircraft will suspend official visits to Hong Kong, as well as sanction the National Foundation for Democracy, The National Democratic Institute, Human Rights Watch and others who have "performed poorly" in the recent upheaval in Hong Kong.
At the end of last month, US President Donald Trump announced he had signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which came to his desk through both wings of Congress. The law calls for sanctions to be imposed on Chinese officials who are responsible for violence and human rights abuses at demonstrations in Hong Kong.
In recent days, thousands of people in Hong Kong have taken to the streets demanding democratic reform and an investigation into the use of force against demonstrators. Among the thousands of demonstrators who marched in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region were young people wearing black clothes and wearing masks.
Riot police deployed for protests in Hong Kong used tear gas in some areas, while demonstrators were seen throwing paving stones at police.
Another group who dressed in black, wearing masks and carrying US flags, had gathered in front of the US Consulate. It was noted that some protesters carried banners reading "President (Donald) Trump, please liberate Hong Kong," "make Hong Kong Great Again."