U.S. Sanctions: Carrie Lam has trouble using her credit card…
27 septembre 2020
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is one of 11 Chinese and Hong Kong leaders targeted by the United States.
Carrie Lam, said in an interview with the Chinese state television channel CGTN that she has had trouble using her credit card since she was targeted by US sanctions.
Nominated by Beijing, Carrie Lam is one of eleven Chinese and Hong Kong leaders targeted by the United States after Beijing’s decision to impose a draconian national security law on the semi-autonomous territory at the end of June.
Washington announced on 7 août the freezing of Mme Lam, the secretaries for Security and Justice and the police chief, accused of seeking to restrict the territory’s autonomy and the « freedom of expression or assembly » of its inhabitants.
Mme Lam admitted during Monday night’s interview that she was having trouble using her credit card, but said such measures « don’t make sense ».
« Deeply disappointed »
« Of course, we will have some difficulties here and there, because we have to use financial services that may have links with US entities and, as a result, credit card use may suffer, » she said.
« This is all part of a ploy by the US administration in its own interest, » she added.
The 63-year-old head of the Hong Kong executive said Saturday evening that she had « surrendered » her honorary membership of one of Cambridge University’s colleges in protest at accusations of violating freedom of education in the city.
She said she was « deeply disappointed by the college, which slanders a person on the basis of hearsay rather than facts ».
Since the entry into force of the freedom-destroying law that strengthens China’s stranglehold on Hong Kong, around 20 pro-democracy activists have been arrested, including media magnate Jimmy Lai, owner of two titles critical of the Chinese regime.
Legislative candidates have been invalidated and books deemed to be in violation of the new law have been removed from the shelves of the city’s libraries and schools.