US expands list of Chinese officials stifling Hong Kong’s freedoms

The United States on Wednesday identified 24 more senior Chinese officials it classifies as being instrumental in quashing Hong Kong’s freedoms as it warned foreign banks were now banned from doing any business with them. The decision came shortly before talks were set to begin between senior US and Chinese officials in Alaska — the first such meeting since President Joe Biden took office — and Beijing blasted the latest designation.
The United States on Wednesday identified 24 more senior Chinese officials it classifies as being instrumental in quashing Hong Kong’s freedoms as it warned foreign banks were now banned from doing any business with them. The decision came shortly before talks were set to begin between senior US and Chinese officials in Alaska — the first such meeting since President Joe Biden took office — and Beijing blasted the latest designation.

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