The US announced sanctions against 24 Chinese and Hong Kong officials who have “reduced Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy.” The sanctions were announced under the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, which was passed last summer in response to China’s highly controversial Hong Kong national security law. The sanctions were announced ahead of a meeting between US and Chinese officials today in Alaska.
More context: The sanctions come amid ongoing tensions between the US and China (the world’s two largest economies) on a wide range of issues including human rights, trade, and several other areas.
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