China sanctions four with US democracy promotion ties over Hong Kong

BEIJING: China will impose sanctions on four people with links to U.S. democracy promotion efforts, it said on Monday, over what it called interference in the Asian financial hub of Hong Kong, following U.S. strictures on four Chinese individuals.

Relations between the two nations have deteriorated to their worst in decades during outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s four-year term, with disputes simmering over issues from trade and technology to Hong Kong and the coronavirus.

China’s foreign ministry identified the four as John Knaus, senior director of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); Manpreet Anand, a regional director of the National Democratic Institute (NDI); Kelvin Sit, the NDI’s program director for Hong Kong and Crystal Rosario, a specialist at the NDI. - Reuters