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The escalation of the Hong Kong crisis is also continuing on the diplomatic front. China announced on Monday, December 2, the immediate suspension of US warship recovery stops in Hong Kong and sanctions against several US non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

These sanctions are taken in response to the adoption by the United States of a law to support the pro-democracy protests that have shaken the Chinese autonomous territory for six months, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry told reporters. Hua Chunying.

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As early as last week, the communist regime announced that it would take retaliatory measures at the signing by the US president of this law on human rights and democracy in Hong Kong. Beijing regards this text as an interference in its internal affairs.

In response, the government decided to "Suspend Recovery Visit Applications From US Warships Starting Today", announced Mme Hua. US vessels regularly anchor in Hong Kong, as part of visits to "Recover" in the former British colony.

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Sanctions to NGOs "who behaved badly"

Beijing had already blocked two visits to US buildings in August, according to the US Navy. A visit by the US Navy had taken place previously in April, before the start of demonstrations in Hong Kong in June.

The Chinese government is also going "Impose sanctions on NGOs that have behaved badly" in Hong Kong, including associations active in the field of human rights: the National Endowment for Democracy, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the International Republican Institute, Human Rights Watch and Freedom House, detailed Mme Hua, without specifying what these sanctions would consist of.

Beijing last week called the US law on Hong Kong"Absolute abomination". This text threatens to suspend the special economic status granted by Washington to the former British colony if the rights of the demonstrators are not respected.

US President Donald Trump has also approved a measure banning the sale of anti-protest material to the Hong Kong police.

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Since the beginning of the summer, the megacity of 7.5 million inhabitants is experiencing its worst political crisis since its return to China in 1997.

On the strategy of the protesters:

On the field, they are inspired by Bruce Lee – their mode of action is "Be like water" and advocate a strategy called "Eclore everywhere", multiplying the actions. But by settling in the long term, the movement became more radical, especially around universities, which became fortified places.

On China's reaction:

At the heart of the crisis, China's conception of the concept of "one country, two systems", in effect until now. For the political scientist Brian Fong, the option chosen by Beijing "is to strengthen the police state, that is to say the repression, by indiscriminately brutalizing the demonstrators." And during this time, in mainland China, the reactions are one-sided, between censorship and exacerbated patriotism?

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