Ben Rogers is Co-founder and Chair of Hong Kong Watch, an organisation that documents democratic freedom in Hong Kong, which has come into question in recent times as Chinese National Security laws tighten in the state.
That prompted the Trump administration to end Hong Kong's "preferential treatment" - a special status that had allowed the city economic benefits, such as exemptions from US tariffs on China.
The Hong Kong government is ready to support Beijing in a retaliatory investigation against United States sanctions imposed on 11 Chinese high-ranking officials.
Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macao affairs office; and deputy director Zhang Xiaoming. This latest move adds to the already tense stance in US-China relations as Trump took executive action earlier this week to ban business dealings between TikTok's parent company and USA citizens.
"We will not be intimidated", he said. "Lam is designated for being involved in developing, adopting, or implementing the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (National Security Law)". It also said that the sanctions had no legal standing in Hong Kong. "Laws governing national security are matters for the central government, regardless of whether it is a unitary or federal system of government", the spokesman said.
In a report (pdf) on the treatment of aid workers during the protests, the lawmakers said the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) had "breached global humanitarian law and principles, worldwide human rights, and the Sino-British Joint Declaration".
China wants 'unpredictable' Trump to lose election, says US intelligence
In response Iran fired missiles at a USA military base in Iraq though they didn't cause any fatalities. These nations "have a preference for who wins the election", it added.
The move freezes any of their assets in the United States and puts severe restrictions on U.S. people doing business with them.
This week, the Trump administration has been turning up the heat on Chinese mobile apps amid fears they can capture vast amounts of user information which could be accessed by the Chinese Communist Party.
The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials, including the pro-China leader of the government, accusing them of undermining autonomy and restricting freedom of expression and assembly in the former British colony.
-John Lee Ka-chiu, secretary for security in Hong Kong who has introduced a new police unit that will have intelligence gathering and investigative abilities, to enforce the new security law.
The sanctions were imposed under an executive order signed by Trump seeking to punish China for the repression in Hong Kong.
"We assess that China prefers that President Trump - whom Beijing sees as unpredictable - does not win reelection", he said in a statement Friday.
She pointed out that the United States, confounding right with wrong and suppressing China with lies of so-called equality, peace, freedom and democracy, will reap the consequences.