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China says U.S. sanctions on four Chinese over Hong Kong violates international laws

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin attends a news conference in Beijing, China November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions on four Chinese individuals over a crackdown in Hong Kong is a serious violation of international laws and a blatant interference in the city’s affairs.

China urges the United States to immediately withdraw its so-called sanctions and not go further down the wrong path, the foreign ministry’s spokesman Wang Wenbin told a daily news briefing.

The United States on Monday said it was imposing sanctions on four more Chinese individuals related to actions over Hong Kong.

Reporting by Cate Cadell, Writing by Liangping Gao; Editing by Jacqueline Wong