Four individuals at US-linked nonprofits are barred from entering China, including Hong Kong and Macau, for having “performed badly” over Hong Kong affairs.

China last week (30 November) imposed sanctions on four people with US institutional links who a foreign ministry spokesperson said have “acted viciously” on issues related to Hong Kong affairs.

The move is a response to the sanctions imposed on four Chinese and Hong Kong officials in connection with the imposition of the new national security law in Hong Kong in June.

China has imposed sanctions on four individuals:

  • John Knaus, Senior Director for Asia at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a nonprofit organisation that says it works for democratic goals
  • Manpreet Anand, Regional Director for Asia-Pacific programmes at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a US nonprofit organisation that seeks to promote democracy around the world
  • Crystal Rosario, a specialist at NDI
  • Kelvin Sit, the Hong Kong programme manager at NDI, who is said to have links to former HKU law professor Benny Tai, who was involved with initiating the 2013 Occupy Central movement

The four individuals are barred from entering China, including Hong Kong and Macau, for having “performed badly” over Hong Kong affairs.

The foreign ministry said that China firmly opposes and strongly condemns the moves made by the US to openly meddle in Hong Kong affairs, and to “grossly trample” on the principles of international law and the basic norms of international relations.

“I have to emphasize again that Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China, and Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs,” the ministry’s spokesperson said.

The US had originally imposed sanctions on 11 officials in China and Hong Kong over the national security law in August. In response, China imposed sanctions on 11 US nationals, including six lawmakers, citing “wrong behaviors” on Hong Kong-related issues.

Hong Kong Chief Executive , one of the sanctioned individuals, has recently said she has had to keep “piles of cash” at home as no banking services are available to her.

Edwina Lau Chi-wai, head of the National Security Division of the Hong Kong Police Force, sanctioned by the US in the second batch of four individuals, has reportedly had to settle all mortgage loans with Chong Hing Bank.

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