The second-in-command of the Hong Kong government was also sanctioned by the US in protest of the Hong Kong National Security Act.

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The second person in Hong Kong’s next government, which will take office on July 1, will also be taken over by a person sanctioned by the United States.

As a result, both the first and second leaders of the Hong Kong government following the current government will be taken over by those sanctioned by the United States.

China’s State Council announced on the 19th that it had appointed Eric Chan, the head of the Chief Executive’s office, as Hong Kong’s Deputy Prime Minister (Chief of Political Affairs) at the request of Hong Kong Chief Executive-elect John Lee, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Chan is one of 11 Hong Kong and Chinese officials who imposed sanctions in August 2020 against the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law by the then-US administration of Donald Trump.

Current Chief Executive Carrie Lam, then-Secretary-Elect Lee-elect, and Secretary-General of Police, Kris Tang, were included on the list of sanctions at the time.

The U.S. Treasury Department announced the sanctions, saying they undermined Hong Kong’s autonomy and undermined Hong Kong’s citizens’ freedom of assembly and expression.

After the sanctions, Minister Lam complained that banking was blocked and that he had to receive all his paychecks in cash and keep them at home.

Director Chan, like President-elect Lee, has also built up a career in discipline that encompasses the military, police, and immigration fields.

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