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US Sanctions Six Foreign Officials Over Recent Mass Arrests in Hong Kong

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US Sanctions Six Foreign Officials Over Recent Mass Arrests in Hong Kong

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The United States on Jan. 15 sanctioned six Chinese and Hong Kong officials in response to mass arrests of pro-democracy figures in the city last week. Among those sanctioned is a high-ranking Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official You Quan, who heads the Party agency that oversees foreign influence operations. Hong Kong authorities arrested 53 pro-democracy politicians and activists on Jan. 6 on suspicion of “subversion” under the national security law (NSL), which Beijing imposed on the city last summer. Most of those arrested had taken part in an unofficial primary for a legislative election that was later postponed. An American lawyer, John Clancey, was among those arrested. Describing the events as an “appalling crackdown,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the arrests were “yet another stark example of Hong Kong’s freedoms and democratic processes being fundamentally undermined by the PRC [People’s Republic of China].” The secretary called on the regime and …

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