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Hong Kong protests

China bans US military visits to Hong Kong over human rights act

Beijing's initial retaliation avoids trade matters

The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, seen here in the South China Sea in October, has made multiple port calls in Hong Kong over the years. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

BEIJING -- China suspended visits by U.S. military vessels and aircraft to Hong Kong on Monday and hinted at further retaliatory steps against American legislation supporting anti-government protesters in the city.

Beijing also will sanction some U.S. nongovernmental organizations deemed to have played an "egregious role" in Hong Kong's political unrest, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters.

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