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U.S. Mulls Sanctions on Chinese Officials, Firms Over Hong Kong

  • Trump under pressure from both parties in Congress to respond
  • State Department must soon weigh in on territory’s autonomy
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The U.S. is considering a range of sanctions to punish China for its crackdown on Hong Kong, people familiar with the matter said, as the Trump administration weighs whether to declare the former colony has lost its autonomy from Beijing.

The Treasury Department could impose controls on transactions and freeze assets of Chinese officials and businesses for implementing a new national security law that would curtail the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong citizens. Other measures under consideration include visa restrictions for Chinese Communist Party officials, according to two of the people.