Donald Trump takes a more aggressive stance against China after the defeat in the US presidential election. 72 days before the end of his term, he announced the ban of four other Chinese officials on the question of the repression of political rights in Hong Kong. On Monday, the US State Department released a statement saying all four would be banned from traveling to America and acquiring any kind of property here.
America is enraged by new Chinese law
The United States has banned these officials for their role in the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Act because the United States views the law as an act of free speech and opposition policy. This law was passed in June. The United States has already banned many officials, including Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam.
China prepares to act against pro-democracy leaders
Monday’s move comes at a time when 19 pro-Hong Kong Democratic lawmakers have said they will resign in large numbers from the city’s legislative council if Beijing disqualifies any of them. According to unconfirmed reports, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China was preparing to disqualify four.
Suspicions of action against China were already expressed
Already, there were fears that Trump could make on-the-go decisions that could prove to be a headache for new President Biden. Many experts had said Trump could make changes in US foreign policy in accordance with the executive order or agency rule making for as long as he wanted. They do not have to get Senate approval for this. Thanks to this, Trump can make a difficult decision against Beijing.
What decision can Trump take against China?
Trump can also blame China for the detention and slaughter of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. Days before the US presidential election, national security adviser Robert O’Brien accused China of committing genocide in Xinjiang. In addition, Trump can ban the visas of Chinese Communist Party officials. It is also believed that they could try to order American athletes not to attend the Winter Olympics in China in 2022.