China warns of visa bans on Amer­i­cans

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China said Mon­day that it would re­tal­i­ate against US moves to pun­ish of­fi­cials tied to po­lit­i­cal crack­downs in Hong Kong by im­pos­ing visa re­stric­tions on Amer­i­cans it con­sid­ers to have “per­formed badly” on mat­ters re­gard­ing the semi-au­ton­o­mous Chi­nese ter­ri­tory.

For­eign Min­istry spokesman Zhao Li­jian gave no de­tails in mak­ing the an­nounce­ment at a daily brief­ing. It wasn’t clear if the mea­sure tar­geted only US gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials or those in the pri­vate sec­tor as well.

It comes as China’s leg­is­la­ture is ex­pected to pass a na­tional se­cu­rity law for Hong Kong on Tues­day that crit­ics say will se­verely limit op­po­si­tion pol­i­tics and free­dom of speech in the city.

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