WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – The US is considering a range of sanctions to punish China for its crackdown on Hong Kong, people familiar with the matter said, as the administration weighs whether to declare the former British colony has lost its autonomy from Beijing.
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two B-1B bombers and a refueling aircraft from the United States Air Force flew past south Taiwan and close to Hong Kong Tuesday (May 26), according to Aircraft Spots.
The flights came as tension in the region has been increasing due to China’s announcement of a national security law for Hong Kong and the frequent passage of Chinese warplanes and Navy ships close to Taiwan.
The Chinese armed forces vowed to crush any movement backing greater independence for Hong Kong from mainland China rule.
Major General Chen Daoxiang, commander of the People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison, said on state-run television Tuesday that his troops “firmly support” the draft Hong Kong national security law that is being debated at the third session of the thirteenth National People’s Congress in Beijing. The bill contains provisions designed to bolster the security apparatus of the semi-autonomous city.
“This decision will help to curb and punish any attempt to jeopardize the national unity, deter separatists and foreign interference, and show our unwavering resolution of safeguarding the national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chen said about the bill.