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UK considering sanctions over Chinese breach on Hong Kong, minister says

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will carefully consider whether to impose sanctions on officials in China and Hong Kong after London accused Beijing of once again breaking the Sino-British Joint Declaration in the former British colony, a junior minister said on Thursday.

“We will continue to consider designations under our Magnitsky-style sanctions regime,” Britain’s minister for Asia, Nigel Adams, told parliament.

“It’s not entirely appropriate to speculate who may be designated under the sanctions regime in the future as that could reduce the impact but we are carefully considering further designations under the scheme.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Elizabeth Piper