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Hong Kong leader supports retaliatory sanctions against West

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has voiced her support for legislation that allows retaliatory sanctions against the West after the US and other Western governments punished Hong Kong officials over the ongoing crackdown on democracy activists.

Speaking to the Chinese government about her views, Lam stated that anti-foreign sanctions should be adopted in Hong Kong through local legislation rather than being imposed on Beijing.

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The retaliatory sanctions could include visa restrictions, assets seized or frozen, as well as a ban on doing business with any Chinese company or individual in China.

This follows the US imposing sanctions on dozens of Chinese and Hong Kong officials, including Lam, over the suppressing of democracy activists.

A new security law that was imposed on Hong Kong last year aims to clamp down on dissent following numerous anti-government demonstrations.

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There have been over 100 arrests made under the new law, all of which are pro-democracy figures.

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