China announced a draft national security law in May that would be imposed across its territory, including Hong Kong, to tackle "terrorism", "separatism" "subversion of state power" and foreign interference.
The U.S. along with several other nations, including the United Kingdom have repeatedly condemned China's attempt to exert security powers in Hong Kong, prompting the U.S.'s latest move to block visas for current and former CCP officials affiliated with undermining Hong Kong's autonomy.
The Hong Kong Autonomy Act would impose mandatory sanctions on entities that violate China's obligations to Hong Kong under the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law.
"When I left that day, I did not leave optimistic that the Chinese Communist Party was prepared to give us any notice that there were changes that were going to be made", he said, noting that a few days later Beijing moved ahead with plans to tighten its grip on Hong Kong with the new national security law.
China hawks in Congress have pushing for a strong USA reaction to any clampdown in Hong Kong.
The 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, which articulated Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese hands in 1997, established a legally binding treaty whereby Hong Kong's freedoms and autonomy had to be safeguarded for at least 50 years from that date.
A State Department spokeswoman gave few details on precisely who was targeted, saying only that those subject to the restrictions would "be evaluated for their eligibility under this policy when they apply and may be refused visas".
Today, the Senate stood up to the communist regime in Beijing and stood with the people of Hong Kong, Toomey said.
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With the world focused on the pandemic, Beijing thinks this is their opportunity to steamroll Hong Kong, " said Senator Josh Hawley, the resolution's sponsor. "The Chinese side will continue to take strong measures to uphold national sovereignty, security and development interests", it said.
"We urge the U.S.to immediately correct its mistakes, withdraw the decisions and stop interfering in China's domestic affairs", she said.
The visa restrictions on Chinese officials pertain to Beijing's actions in Hong Kong, which was handed to it by Britain in 1977 under the "One Country, Two Systems Agreement" under which it has to provide higher autonomy to the region.
President Donald Trump has said the administration will begin eliminating the full range of agreements that has given Hong Kong a relationship with the U.S. that mainland China lacked, including exemptions from controls on certain exports.
"Visa restrictions are not almost enough to deter China from continuing its crackdown on freedoms in Hong Kong", Senator Van Hollen said.
United States rhetoric against Beijing has intensified during Trump's re-election campaign.
But Mr Trump is also hopeful that China will implement a bilateral trade deal and has praised President Xi Jinping personally.