"Individuals subject to this visa restriction policy will be evaluated for their eligibility under this policy when they apply and may be refused visas", she said. "It is imperative that the global community, and particularly the United Nations and its member states, act urgently to establish a mechanism for observing, monitoring and reporting on the human rights and humanitarian situation in Hong Kong".
Protesters against Beijing's security law in Hong Kong.
He said China had stepped up efforts to undermine Hong Kong's autonomy by pressuring local authorities to arrest pro-democracy activists and disqualify pro-democracy electoral candidates.
China's Washington embassy did not respond to a request for comment on Pompeo's visa move.
"We urge the U.S.to immediately correct its mistakes, withdraw the decisions and stop interfering in China's domestic affairs", she said.
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On Thursday, the Republican-majority US Senate passed bipartisan legislation that would impose mandatory sanctions on people or companies that back efforts to restrict Hong Kong's autonomy.
In one element of pressure that could have far-reaching consequences, the Hong Kong Autonomy Act would also punish banks that do "significant transactions" with identified violators. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Sen.
"Beijing does not want to cause violent behavior of this kind", said Leung in an interview with Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK).
The legal basis for the Chinese government to govern Hong Kong is China's Constitution and the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
The U.S. along with several other nations, including the United Kingdom have repeatedly condemned China's attempt to exert security powers in Hong Kong, prompting the U.S.'s latest move to block visas for current and former CCP officials affiliated with undermining Hong Kong's autonomy.
The announcement is the latest administration move against Beijing as tensions between the two capitals have steadily increased over a slew of issues, including but not limited to trade, the telecom giant Huawei's 5G technology, media freedoms and designations, the South China Sea, the coronavirus and the question of Hong Kong's autonomy. "We hope the cumulative effect will persuade (President) Xi Jinping that whatever his aspirations in Hong Kong. the government elite will lose more than it will gain".
Lawmakers and senior politicians in the United Kingdom, U.S., European Union and elsewhere have been considering options to join forces and push for collective action should Beijing go ahead and enact the law.