Washington has imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other top officials, prompting a sharp rebuke from Beijing.
As well as Carrie Lam, the sanctions target Hong Kong Police commissioner Chris Tang and his predecessor Stephen Lo; John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong's secretary of security, and Teresa Cheng, the justice secretary.
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Beijing's reprisal comes after New Zealand joined countries like Canada, Australia and the UK in ending extradition agreements in response to China's national security law on the territory.
Local media said six activists were wanted on suspicion of secession or colluding with foreign forces, crimes that the new law punishes with up to life in prison.
The delay has marked a setback for the anti-China camp, which had aimed to win a majority of seats in the legislature. Joshua Wong, one of the disqualified candidates, said their resistance will continue despite crackdowns under the new security law.
Disqualified candidates included activist Joshua Wong, some members of the Civic Party and others who won an unofficial primary vote held by the opposition camp earlier this month.
Earlier, New Zealand suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, joining Canada, Australia and the UK which have already6 made the same moves in response to China's national security law on the territory.
Beijing says French politicians were being misled by a slanderous American, Australian and British campaign while threatening to invalidate British National Overseas passports held by Hong Kong residents.
China slammed the US move, which came one day after the unveiling of a US indictment targeting two Chinese nationals for allegedly hacking hundreds of companies worldwide and seeking to steal virus vaccine research.
Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo offers unsparing criticism of the Chinese Communist Party while visiting London and pledges to build a global alliance against Beijing.
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