China to sanction U.S. officials for actions related to Taiwan and HKSAR

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    Hua Chunying, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said China will impose sanctions on some U.S. officials for actions related to China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Taiwan. The move comes amid fresh U.S. sanctions against Chinese officials over Hong Kong issues and U.S. officials having limits lifted on interactions with the Taiwan region, which are regarded as blatant interference in China’s internal affairs.

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    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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