The Head Of The Hong Kong Administration Believes That The US Imposed Sanctions For Selfish Purposes
The head of the Hong Kong administration, Carrie Lam, condemned the recent us sanctions and called them a ploy to pursue their selfish interests. She said this in an interview with Chinese TV channel CGTN, recorded on Monday.
"Now, I think it is quite clear that all this is part of a ploy by the US administration in its self-interest," she said. "Such attacks and sanctions should be condemned not only by us, the people of Hong Kong, but also by the international community," she said, calling them senseless.
Carrie Lam admitted that due to the restrictions imposed by Washington, she might face some financial inconvenience, including when making basic payments on credit cards. "But the most important thing is that we are honored and trusted by the Central people's government at this historic moment to implement the law to ensure national security," the local leader said.
On August 7, the US Treasury announced the imposition of sanctions against 11 officials of China and Hong Kong, including the Chief Executive of this special administrative region of the PRC, Carrie Lam, and a number of her Ministers, for involvement in "undermining Hong Kong's autonomy."
On June 30, the Standing Committee of the national people's Congress (PRC Parliament) adopted the law on ensuring national security in Hong Kong. According to Beijing, the law is aimed at preventing crimes such as separatism, terrorism, Subversion of state power, collusion with foreign forces, and provides for life imprisonment as capital punishment. The Chinese Central Government has also established special state security agencies in Hong Kong that are not subject to the jurisdiction of the local administration. The US regarded this step as a violation of Hong Kong's autonomy and responded with sanctions.