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The U.S. will impose visa restrictions on Chinese officials who backed Hong Kong legislation. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on June 26 that the sanctions targeted current and former party officials who are responsible for undermining freedoms in Hong Kong. But he did not disclose the name of the Chinese officials. Pompeo noted that the latest move followed U.S. President Donald Trump’s promise to punish Beijing over a proposed security law that could take away Hong Kong’s autonomy.

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Calling the U.S. decision a “mistake”, Chinese embassy in Washington said that the move should be withdrawn immediately and US should stop interfering in China’s domestic affairs.

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This comes a few days ahead of a meeting of Chinese Parliament. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will discuss the new law at its meeting, starting Sunday.