Global Times: China slaps counter-sanctions on U.S. NGO heads
Tue December, 2020, Age: 3 years
On Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced retaliatory sanctions on four Americans, stressing that these individuals are not welcome in China and will be banned from entering the country, including the Hong Kong and Macau special administrative regions. This follows after the U.S.’s most recent round of sanctions on Chinese officials involved in implementing the Hong Kong National Security Law, and marks the second time that the ministry has imposed sanctions. In August, China issued similar sanctions on eleven U.S. lawmakers and NGO heads. John Knaus, Senior Director for Asia at the National Endowment Democracy (NED), Manpreet Singh Anand from the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Crystal Rosario, NDI’s Director of HK Office and Kelvin Sit Tak-O, the office’s project manager, have all been added to China’s sanctions list. China has long maintained that Hong Kong issues fall under the purview of “internal affairs,” and attributed a years-long protest movement against the mainland government’s encroachment on local freedoms to the influence of foreign “black hands” attempting to foment color revolution.