China suspends US army’s Hong Kong visits in response to new law

China has suspended US warship visits and sanctioned several American non-government organisations in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

“In response to the unreasonable behaviour of the US side, the Chinese government has decided to suspend reviewing the applications for US warships to go to Hong Kong for [rest and] recuperation as of today,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular news briefing on Monday.

“We urge the US to correct the mistakes and stop interfering in our internal affairs. China will take further steps if necessary to uphold Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity and China’s sovereignty,” she said.

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