Student arrests in Hong Kong deepen 'white terror' fears
Hong Kong has fallen into an era of "white terror", democracy campaigners said Thursday after four students –- one aged just 16 –- were arrested for social media posts deemed to be a threat to China's national security. Wednesday's arrests were the first made by Hong Kong police's new national security unit, which was set up after Beijing imposed a controversial law last month aimed at quashing the city's democracy movement. The arrests added toWednesday's arrests were the first made by Hong Kong police's new national security unit, which was set up after Beijing imposed a controversial law last month aimed at quashing the city's democracy movement.
Officials subject to US sanctions include Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and head of China' s Liaison Office , Luo Huining. "The unscrupulous intentions of the US politicians to support the anti-China chaos in Hong Kong have been revealed, and their clowning actions are really ridiculous ," the
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Beijing ’ s top representative office in Hong Kong said on Saturday that sanctions imposed by Washington on senior Hong The U . S . sanctions come a week after Hong Kong postponed a Sept. 6 election to the Chinese-ruled city’s legislature by a year, citing a spike in
New measures freeze any US assets of the sanctioned officials and generally bar US citizens and groups from doing business with them [File: Tyrone Siu/Reuters]
Head of Hong Kong Liaison Office Luo Huining
US President Donald Trump
Beijing's top office in Hong Kong has slammed the United States for imposing "ridiculous" sanctions on senior Chinese and Hong Kong officials, dismissing the measures as "clowning actions" that would not frighten or intimidate Chinese people.
Defiant Hong Kong activists vow to resist China crackdown
Hong Kong's democracy camp will continue to fight communist China's crackdown on political freedoms, activists vowed Friday after a devastating month of election disqualifications, arrests for social media posts and protest figures fleeing overseas. On Wednesday four students were arrested under the new law for "inciting secession" through posts on social media. Others have been arrested for possessing or shouting independence and other protest slogans.
Hong Kong spokesperson slammed the restrictions as an “utterly disrespectful attempt which will undermine Hong On Friday, the US slapped sanctions on 11 top Chinese officials, including Hong Kong Chief US officials have been openly backing large-scale anti- Beijing protests in Hong Kong
On Friday, the US announced sanctions against 11 Chinese officials, including Luo and Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, accusing them of curtailing the city’ s autonomy and violating the rights of its citizens amid the anti- Beijing protests there.
The criticism on Saturday came hours after Washington announced sanctions on Luo Huining, the head of China's Liaison Office, as well as Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other current and former officials that the US accuses of curtailing political freedoms in Hong Kong.
The move ratchets up already strained tensions between the US and China, more than a month after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation on semi-autonomous Hong Kong.
"The unscrupulous intentions of the US politicians to support the anti-China chaos in Hong Kong have been revealed, and their clowning actions are really ridiculous," the Liaison Office said in a statement.
"Intimidation and threats cannot frighten the Chinese people."
France renounces ratifying "as is" the extradition agreement with Hong Kong
© AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE A Chinese flag flies in front of the Central People's Government's Office for the Protection of National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Zone, July 8, 2020. Agnès von der Mühll, spokeswoman for the French Foreign Ministry, said that France will not ratify the extradition agreement with Hong Kong "by state. The agreement provides for the possibility of extraditing any person wanted by one of the two parties and who are in the other's territory.
The US Department of the Treasury has issued personal sanctions against eleven Chinese officials, including Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie The US ramped up pressure on China after Beijing passed a new national security law, which allowed it to tackle anti-government actions in Hong Kong .
(Newser) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is facing US sanctions amid accusations that she's working with China to limit political freedoms. Lam is "directly responsible for implementing Beijing ' s policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes," the Treasury Department said in a Friday
Luo, the most senior mainland political official in the Chinese-controlled territory, said US sanctions on him indicated he was doing what he "should be doing for my country and Hong Kong".
"I don't have a dime's worth in foreign assets," he added.
As well as Luo and Lam, the sanctions target Hong Kong police commissioner Chris Tang and his predecessor Stephen Lo; John Lee, Hong Kong's secretary of security, and Teresa Cheng, the justice secretary.
Xia Baolong, the director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in Beijing, was also on the list.
The sanctions freeze any US assets of the officials and generally bar US citizens and groups from doing business with them. They were authorised by an executive order that US President Donald Trump signed recently to levy penalties against China for its efforts to curtail anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.
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Washington sanctions Hong Kong leaders, further escalation of the conflict with Beijing
© Provided by Le Point Washington has further toughened its confrontation with Beijing by adopting sanctions against eleven Hong Kong leaders, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam, alongside sweeping measures against Chinese digital gems TikTok and WeChat. The US government announced Friday the freezing of the assets of Mrs.
China’ s most senior figure in Hong Kong defiant after US takes action against leaders over The head of China’ s Hong Kong Liaison Office , Luo Huining, has mocked sanctions announced by the Beijing said the law was needed to restore stability and would not threaten Hong Kong ’ s freedom of
In late June, President Xi Jinping signed into effect the new law, which criminalises secession, subversion, collusion, and terrorism in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The law was welcomed by Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, but was opposed by a number of nations
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Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested under security law
Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, one of the city's most vocal Beijing critics, was among seven people arrested Monday under a new national security law, deepening a crackdown on democracy supporters. The arrests are the latest to target dissidents since Beijing imposed the sweeping law on Hong Kong at the end of June, sending a political chill through the semi-autonomous city. "They arrested him at his house at about 7am. Our lawyers are on the way to the police station," Mark Simon, a close aide of Lai's, told AFP, adding that other members of the tycoon's media group had also been detained.
HONG KONG , CHINA - JULY 31: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press The sanctions are being carried out under President Trump’ s July 14 executive order meant to CRUCIAl quote. “The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong and we will use our tools
Hong kong police issue arrest warrant for us citizen amid crackdown on pro-democracy activists. The Treasury Department, in detailing the sanctions , said that Lam was “directly responsible for implementing Beijing ’ s policies of suppression of freedom” in Hong Kong .
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Iraqis depart as part of the implementation of the "Voluntary repatriation programmes" to Baghdad from the Athens International Airport in Greece on Aug. 6, 2020.
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) shakes hands with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias during their meeting in Cairo, Egypt, on Aug. 6, 2020.
Pro-democracy student raise their hands during a news conference at Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug. 7, 2020.
Canadian pastor David Lah (C) arrives for a hearing at a township court in Yangon, Myanmar, on Aug. 6, 2020. He was accused of holding a church service amid COVID-19 restrictions.
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China sanctions US senators over Hong Kong
High-profile US officials are sanctioned but China avoids targeting anyone in the Trump administration.The sanctions come in response to a decision by the US to sanction 11 Chinese officials and allies in Hong Kong for curtailing political freedoms.
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Students of Stamford University form a human chain in front of National Press Club in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Aug. 6, 2020. Their fellow classmates were arrested in connection with the murder of retired Army Major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan in a police firing.
An elderly woman wearing an improvised mask for protection against COVID-19 walks away after looking at people attending an electoral event in Bucharest, Romania, on Aug. 6, 2020. Romania will hold local elections in September.
A flooded park on Yeouido island following heavy rainfall in central Seoul, South Korea, on Aug. 6, 2020 .
A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk tie a blessed thread on the wrist of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, on Aug. 7, 2020.
A staff member carries a sign looking for passenger from high-risk-countries at a COVID-19 test center at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, on Aug. 7, 2020.
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Prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan (L) and Prime Minister of Pakistani-administrated Kashmir Farooq Haider Khan (C) are seen after leading a rally during the first anniversary of the Indian government's move to revoke the special autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir guaranteed under Article 370, in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, on Aug. 5, 2020.
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Women carry fruits on their heads after shopping at Mbare vegetable market in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Aug. 5, 2020.
Hiroshima mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) and representatives of bereaved families take part in a ceremony at the Memorial Cenotaph during the 75th anniversary memorial service for atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 2020.
Defying China, Hong Kongers rush to buy pro-democracy newspaper
Hong Kongers rushed to buy copies of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on Tuesday in a show of support for its owner, who was arrested a day earlier as police rounded up critics of China. In a show of solidarity for Lai, people in the city rushed to buy Tuesday's Apple Daily, with the newspaper saying it had upped its print run to 550,000 from its normal circulation of 70,000. One restaurant owner bought 50 copies at a news stand in the commercial district of Mong Kok, saying he planned to give them away for free.
Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visit Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff, Wales, on Aug. 5, 2020.
A robot guide and visitors at the Moskvarium, a center of oceanography and marine biology, in Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 5, 2020.
French Sécurité Civile (Civil Security) personnel board an Airbus A330 at Roissy airport in Paris, France, on Aug. 5, 2020. France sent search and rescue experts aboard military planes loaded with a mobile clinic and tonnes of medical equipment to Beirut, a day after a powerful explosion tore through Lebanon's capital, resulting from the ignition of a huge depot of ammonium nitrate at the city's main port.
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Jeepney drivers wearing face masks and placards reading "sir/mam, asking for help, we are jeepney drivers" ask for alms on a road a in Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 6, 2020. The Philippines plunged into recession as the economy reels from coronavirus lockdowns that have wrecked businesses and thrown millions out of work.
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A worker wearing a protective face mask sanitizes a United Nations-run school before a new academic year start in Gaza City, Gaza, on Aug. 5, 2020.
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Hong Kong activist hailed as the 'real Mulan'
The 23-year-old democracy activist arrested under a new security law is a folk hero to her supporters.Her supporters have started calling her "the real Mulan" - in reference to the legendary Chinese heroine who fought to save her family and country.
A couple walks at Rabin square as the municipality building is lit in the colours of the Lebanese flag, in a rare show of Israeli solidarity with Beirut as it reels from a devastating explosion, in Tel Aviv, on Aug. 5, 2020.
A resident holds up a banner against Spain's former monarch, King Juan Carlos I reading, ''Borbon thief'' in Pamplona, Spain, on Aug. 5, 2020. Speculation over the whereabouts of the former monarch is gripping Spain, after he announced he was leaving the country for an unspecified destination amid a growing financial scandal.
Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj wears a protective mask as he meets with Italian Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini and other delegates in Tripoli, Libya, on Aug. 5, 2020.
Rescue workers evacuate passengers on a boat from a submerged bus due to heavy rain in Seoul, South Korea, on Aug. 6, 2020. Damage from heavy rain that pounded the country's central region this week continued to grow, leaving at least 13 dead.
A voter wearing a facemask shows her inked finger after casting her ballot in the parliamentary election outside a polling station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Aug. 5, 2020.
Myanmar fishermen wait to be deported in Banda Aceh, on Aug. 5, 2020, after being detained for eight months by Indonesian authorities for illegal fishing in Aceh waters along the Malacca strait. Indonesia, the world's biggest archipelago nation, says illegal fishing costs its economy billions of dollars annually and has been trying to stop foreign vessels entering its territory.
Demonstrators and supporters of the convener of "#Revolution Now", Omoyele Sowore, hold placards in Lagos, Nigeria, on Aug. 5, 2020. The protesters are concerned about the bad governance in the country.
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A helicopter puts out a fire after a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Aug. 4, 2020.
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A long line of motorcycle riders at a quarantine checkpoint on the first day of a reimposed lockdown in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 4, 2020.
People watch a live telecast on a screen from Ayodhya as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes part in a Hindu religious ritual during a groundbreaking ceremony of the Ram Temple, in New Delhi, India, on Aug. 5, 2020. Modi laid the foundation stone for a grand Hindu temple at the holy site that was bitterly contested by Muslims.
(L-R) Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow, Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam arrive at a court, in Hong Kong, on Aug. 5, 2020. Chow appeared for sentencing after she pleaded guilty to inciting others to participate in an unlawful assembly, as well as to participating in an unauthorized assembly, related to protests in June last year.
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A student sanitizes his hands at Access International Schools in Magboro, Nigeria, on Aug. 4, 2020.
A man walks on his hands as he crosses a street in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Aug. 4, 2020.
A woman assists a man in a wheelchair during early voting for Belarus' presidential election at a polling station in the village of Proshkava, north of Minsk, on Aug. 4, 2020.
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A man uses a garden hose to drench his house before being evacuated as a wildfire burns in the background, in La Couronne, France, on Aug. 4, 2020.
People walk along the flooded banks of the Isar river after rainfall in Bavaria, Germany, on Aug. 4, 2020.
The Coney Island boardwalk stands mostly empty as tropical storm Isaias churns its way up the East Coast, in New York City, New York, U.S., on Aug. 4, 2020.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addresses villagers while Defense Minister Pervez Khattak (3rd L) looks on, during their visit to forward area post along a highly militarized frontier in Chiri Kot sector, Pakistan, on Aug. 3, 2020.
Smoke rises after war planes belonging to the Assad regime and Russia carried out airstrikes killing at least three civilians and injuring several, in Binnish, Idlib de-escalation zone, Syria, on Aug. 3, 2020.
Singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine announces the creation of his new political party called National Unity Platform (NUP) in Kampala, Uganda, on Aug. 3, 2020. Kyagulanyi launched his own party to fulfill all requirements for the electoral commission to stand for presidency in 2021 against the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.
The Italian Air Force aerobatic unit Frecce Tricolori (Tricolor Arrows) performs over the Genoa San Giorgio Bridge dispensing the colors of the Italian flag during the inauguration of the Viadotto Genova San Giorgio in Italy, on Aug. 3, 2020.
Yazidis attend a candle-lit vigil in the Sharya area, near the northern city of Dohuk in the autonomous Kurdistan region, Iraq, on Aug. 3, 2020, marking the sixth anniversary of the Islamic State (ISIS) group's attack on the Yazidi community in the northwestern Sinjar district.
Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi looks out from a vehicle as she leaves the Yangon southern district court after submitting her application to run as a candidate in the upcoming 2020 general election, in Yangon, Myanmar, on Aug. 4, 2020. Myanmar will hold its next general election on Nov. 8.
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Chairman of Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Deshapriya, explains how to cast vote using a sample ballot paper during a press conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Aug. 3, 2020. Sri Lanka will hold Parliamentary Election on Aug. 5 and Deshapriya assured that measures have been taken to ensure safety of the voters amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
People carry their belongings along an area submerged due to floods caused by strong rains, in the southeast of Khartoum, Sudan, on Aug. 3, 2020.
A protester throws an egg towards the Serbian parliament during an anti-government rally, as deputies attend the first session of the National Assembly after June's national election, in Belgrade, Serbia, on Aug. 3, 2020.
High school students wear face masks as they sit in a classroom in Ireti Junior Grammar School in Ikoyi, Nigeria, on the first day after resumption of classes after the COVID-19 lockdown, on Aug. 3, 2020.
Special team prepares to enter in a bank in the center of Kiev, Ukraine, on Aug. 3, 2020. A man carrying a backpack entered a bank in the Leonardo business centre in central Kiev claiming he had a bomb, Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook.
Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya (C) is seen in her campaign headquarters in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 3, 2020. She took over the political campaign after her husband Sergei Tikhanovsky was detained in Minsk, Belarus. The country heads to the polls on Aug. 9 to decide whether incumbent President Aleksander Lukashenko will extend his 26-year rule of the country.
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“Lucha Libre” wrestlers line up for a handout of food and groceries donated by a local supermarket in Mexico City, Mexico, on Aug. 3, 2020. The wrestlers have not been able to work for months because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has closed down the venues where they perform.
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Health workers perform a rapid test on a man at a parking lot that has been converted into an extension of the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 3, 2020. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is reimposing a moderate lockdown in the capital and outlying provinces after medical groups appealed for the move as COVID-19 infections surge alarmingly.
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Motorists are hit by large waves breaking on the shores of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on Aug. 3, 2020.
A priest wearing a protective mask greets parishioners sitting in their cars before mass at a drive-in cinema in Cuernavaca, Mexico, on Aug. 2, 2020. Parishioners can listen to the mass on their car radios.
A woman repairs damages to her house, after torrential rain lead to landslides and flash floods, in the town of Umm Dawan Ban, near Khartoum, Sudan, on Aug. 2, 2020.
Italian Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati (L) attends the remembrance ceremony of the 40th anniversary of the Bologna's Train Station Massacre in Bologna, Italy, on Aug. 2, 2020.
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Soldiers on their knees pray and lay flowers for the protector saint of the soldiers during the celebrations of the Army Day in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 2, 2020.
A man jumps into the water from the seaside promenade of Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 2, 2020.
Children hold balloons after offering prayers with their father during Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice, in Karachi, Pakistan, on Aug. 1, 2020.
An anti-government demonstrator washes a carpet in front of a tent in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 1, 2020.
Author Tsitsi Dangarembga (L) and Fadzayi Mahere, spokeswoman for the main opposition party, appear at the magistrates courts in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Aug, 1, 2020. Police arrested scores of people in Harare and other towns for protests on July 31, according to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
Servicemen smash tiles during an event dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Soviet Airborne Forces in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 1, 2020.
Protesters block a main road during a protest against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside his residence in Jerusalem on Aug 2, 2020. Protesters demanded that the embattled leader resign as he faces a trial on corruption charges and grapples with a deepening COVID-19 crisis.
Workers clean and disinfect the area around the Kaaba traced with lines for maintaining physical distancing between pilgrims due to COVID-19, in the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 1, 2020.
Belarusian activists living in Ukraine participate in a rally called 'Free Belarus,' on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Aug. 1, 2020.
People perform Eid al-Adha prayer in a flood-affected area near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Aug. 1, 2020.
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen pays her respects at a memorial for former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui in Taipei, Taiwan, on Aug. 1, 2020. Lee, who brought direct elections and other democratic changes to the self-governed island despite missile launches and other fierce saber-rattling by China, died on July 30, 2020 at the age of 97.
A Kenya Airways plane is received by a water salute as the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport reopens after flights were suspended following the COVID-19 outbreak, in Nairobi, Kenya, on Aug. 1, 2020.
Cars driving to Adriatic coast queue up at toll booths at the entrance of Zagreb, Croatia, on Aug. 1, 2020, as the country battles to salvage its key tourism sector hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A woman looks at mask-themed artworks on display at an art exhibition in Cama gallery in Tehran, Iran, on Aug. 1, 2020.
People affected by flash floods salvage their belongings from damaged houses in Kuz Kunar district in the province of Nangarhar, Afghanistan, on Aug. 1, 2020. Heavy flash floods on July 31 night killed at least 16 people, according to local officials, who said 15 of the victims were children.
A woman takes a picture of a bonfire during the Livonian fire ceremony at the seaside in Mazirbe, Latvia, on Aug. 1, 2020.
A woman prays during Eid al-Adha at the historical Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, on Aug. 1, 2020.
Muslims wearing protective masks practice social distancing as they attend prayer to mark Eid al-Adha in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Aug. 1, 2020.
Rows of beds are seen at a temporary field hospital set up at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on Aug. 1, 2020. The new COVID-19 patient holding facility can accommodate up to 500 adult patients in stable conditions. The facility was previously used as a coronavirus testing center for incoming travelers.
People take part in an anti-Kremlin rally in support of former regional governor Sergei Furgal arrested on murder charges in the far eastern city of Khabarovsk, Russia, on Aug. 1, 2020. The placard reads: "Russia without Putin".
'Unreasonable and barbarous'
Hong Kong has long enjoyed civil liberties not seen in mainland China because it is governed under a "one country, two systems" framework in place since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.
But the US Treasury Department said "the recent imposition of draconian national security legislation on Hong Kong has not only undermined Hong Kong's autonomy, it has also infringed on the rights of people in Hong Kong".
The security legislation targets what China broadly defines as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison. Beijing imposed the law directly on Hong Kong just before midnight on June 30, circumventing the city's legislature, and the city's officials were not aware of the details of the law until it was implemented.
Critics fear the legislation will crush Hong Kong's wide-ranging freedoms, while supporters of the law say it will bring stability after a year of sometimes violent anti-government protests that plunged the city into its biggest crisis in decades.
Tang, the police chief, told local media on Saturday that maintaining the security of the country and Hong Kong was his responsibility and foreign sanctions were meaningless to him.
Hong Kong Commerce Secretary Edward Yau called the sanctions "unreasonable and barbarous" and said they would harm US interests in the city, an Asian financial and shipping hub.
Al Jazeera's Sarah Clarke, reporting from Hong Kong, said the tone of response from Hong Kong indicates "there's potential for this city to reciprocate".
"We do believe it could target US individuals in the city, and potentially US companies operating here," she said.
"The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, which represents some 1,300 US companies, had expressed fears about the introduction of these national security laws in Hong Kong and forecasted that a number of companies may leave as a result."
She added: "Now, these sanctions introduced by the US mark a dramatic escalation in tensions – not just between China and the US, but also Hong Kong and the US as well."
The US measures come three months ahead of the November election in which Trump, who is behind his rival Joe Biden, is campaigning hard on an increasingly strident anti-Beijing message.
On Thursday, Trump made good on previous threats against WeChat and TikTok - two Chinese-owned apps with major audiences that US officials say pose a national security threat. In an executive order, he issued a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of the two apps.
TikTok, a company owned by Beijing-headquartered ByteDance Ltd that has 100 million users in the US and hundreds of millions worldwide, said it does not store US user data in China, has not given information to Beijing or censored content at the Chinese government's request.
WeChat denied comment.
Hong Kong activist hailed as the 'real Mulan' .
The 23-year-old democracy activist arrested under a new security law is a folk hero to her supporters.Her supporters have started calling her "the real Mulan" - in reference to the legendary Chinese heroine who fought to save her family and country.