China imposed visa limits on US citizens who have “behaved egregiously” over Hong Kong on Monday, ahead of Chinese lawmakers’ planned approval of a contentious law on national security for the region. The country is moving forward on a security law that would punish subversion and other crimes against the Hong Kong state which last year saw major and often violent pro-democracy protests.
US President Donald Trump’s administration said on Friday that it revoked U.S. visas for a number of unidentified Chinese officials for violating the Asian financial hub ‘s autonomy. In response, Chinese spokesman for the foreign ministry Zhao Lijian said Monday that the “scheme … to block the passage of Hong Kong’s national security law will never prevail”
“To counter the above-mentioned wrongful actions of the US, China has agreed to place visa restrictions on American people who have acted egregiously on Hong Kong-related matters,” Zhao said.