China suspends review of request for US ships

China suspends review of request for US military ships, aircrafts visiting Hong Kong

Protestors hold U.S. flags during a gathering at the Edinburgh place in Hong Kong (Reuters photo)

China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday it has suspended the review of requests by US military ships and aircraft to visit Hong Kong in response to legislation passed by US lawmakers in support of protesters in the China-ruled territory.

The Chinese government also sanctioned US-headquartered non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch for supporting extremist, violent activities in Hong Kong, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

Last week, China said it would take "firm counter-measures" if the United States continues to interfere in Hong Kong.

 

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