The U.S. Treasury and State Departments levied sanctions against 11 Hong Kong and China officials on Friday, most notably Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam. The sanctions are in response to severe crackdowns on freedoms those officials have taken against Hong Kongers at Beijing's direction. These officials helped implement Hong Kong's "draconian" national security law in late June, and were involved with "actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability or autonomy of Hong Kong," the Treasury Department said. It lets China punish people who protest for democracy, who speak to journalists, or who otherwise oppose China's government. The U.S. also recently sanctioned Beijing officials over China's human rights abuses of the Uighur Muslims and other minority groups. China barred entry to some U.S. lawmakers in response.
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