China sanctions US NGOs for riots in Hong Kong

BEIJING: China on Monday launched punitive measures against the United States in retaliation for its support for a pro-democratic movement in Hong Kong , announcing sanctions to NGOs and suspending visits by warships and US planes.

In response to the unreasonable behavior of the US side, the Chinese government has decided to suspend reviewing the applications for US warships to go to Hong Kong for (rest and) recovery as of today, foreign ministry spokeswoman said at a regular press briefing .

Sanctions will apply to NGOs that had acted badly over the recent unrest in Hong Kong including the National Endowment for Democracy, Human rights observer and, said Hua.

China urges the United States to correct its mistakes, stop any deeds and acts of interference in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs, she added.