Beijing said on Monday it will impose visa restrictions on US individuals with “egregious conduct” on Hong Kong-related issues, mirroring US sanctions against unnamed Chinese officials deemed responsible for curbing freedoms in the city.The announcement comes as the top decision-making body of China’s parliament deliberates a draft national security law for Hong Kong that pro-democracy activists in the city fear will be used to eliminate dissent and tighten Beijing’s control.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who announced the new sanctions during a press briefing in response to a question about Washington’s new visa restrictions, did not specify which US individuals have been targeted. Topics : “The US is attempting to obstruct China’s legislation for safeguarding national security in the HK SAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) by imposing the so-called sanctions, but it will never succeed,” he told reporters.”In response … China has decided to impose visa restrictions on US individuals with egregious conduct on HK related issues.”US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that the new visa restrictions by Washington apply to “current and former” officials of China’s ruling Communist Party “believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy.”The US Senate also approved a bill last week that would impose mandatory sanctions on people or companies that back efforts to restrict Hong Kong’s autonomy. It includes secondary sanctions on banks that do business with anyone backing any crackdown on the territory’s autonomy.Zhao, the foreign ministry spokesman, told reporters that China has lodged a complaint with the US over the bill and warned that Beijing will respond with strong countermeasures in response to US actions on Hong Kong.
Advertisement Comment What Jurgen Klopp said to convince Virgil van Dijk to join Liverpool over Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp told Virgil van Dijk he would become a Liverpool legend if he joined the Reds over Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, according to Danny Murphy.A number of Premier League clubs wanted to sign Van Dijk from Southampton in 2015 but Liverpool won the race, bringing the Dutchman to Anfield in a deal worth £75million.Van Dijk has since developed into one of Liverpool’s most important players, playing a starring role for the club this season as they impress both domestically and in Europe.Murphy has credited Klopp for Liverpool signing Van Dijk, telling the Daily Mail: ‘When Virgil van Dijk signed for Liverpool, he was also wanted by Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Liverpool is a wonderful club but Chelsea had won the league more recently and City win things nearly every season.‘So why did Van Dijk choose Liverpool? One reason: Jurgen Klopp. He connected with Van Dijk.‘He told him that while he would probably win things with City or Chelsea, if he managed to do so with Liverpool he would become a legend. He would be remembered forever.‘Klopp convinced Van Dijk not only that he was the manager he wanted to play under but also that Liverpool was the right club.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Apr 2019 12:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link532Shares Van Dijk helped Liverpool beat Tottenham on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Van Dijk helped Liverpool clinch a crucial 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Sunday as Klopp’s side returned to the top of the Premier League.Spurs forward Lucas Moura levelled for the visitors after Roberto Firmino’s first-half header but an injury-time own goal from Toby Alderweireld gave the hosts the three points.Speaking after the crucial win, Van Dijk said: ‘Tottenham are a very good side with great players who like to have the ball.‘We tried to put them under pressure which we did in the first half but in the second half they changed it up a bit.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘It was a bit difficult for us but in the end we got the three points and that’s all that matters.’On the Premier League title race, Van Dijk added: ‘When these moments come we never give up.‘We are going to try and win every game. It’s going to be tough but let’s enjoy it and keep going.’MORE: Mohamed Salah reveals what he told Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool beat Tottenham
Following talks in Frankfurt, German Railway Chairman Heinz Dürr and Italian State Railways Managing Director Giancarlo Cimoli have announced plans to upgrade services between the two countries. Improved overnight trains could be joined by Frankfurt – Milano and München – Roma high-speed services before 2000. ScotRail has installed a touch-screen Traveller’s Information Point (Trip) at Glasgow Central, able to print out selected journey details. Users can choose displays in English, French, German or Italian.SNCF’sTGV Duplex double-deck trainsets are to be fitted with a semi-enclosed ’Point Accueil’ where passengers can find the head conductor should they require assistance. The prototype is located on the upper deck of the car next to the bar/buffet vehicle.German Railway has signed an agreement with banking group Reisebank AG for the installation of automated cash machines on four Intercity trainsets, working the Kiel – Hamburg – Stuttgart – Basel corridor. The machines will accept any Eurocheque-approved servicecard, and a range of international credit cards.Portuguese Railways has cut 60min off the timings of the Irún – Lisboa/Porto Sud Express and domestic trains following electrification of the Pampilhosa – Villar Formoso route as far as Guarda. Italian State Railways is to run Treno di Sole holiday charter trains from Torino, Milano, Verona, Bologna, Firenze and Roma to resorts in Calabria every Saturday from May 17 to October 11, except in August. The Palinuro Express (PP 11.96 p6) will leave Milano, Piacenza, Bologna and Firenze for Campania every Friday from May 30 to September 20. Iarnród éireann and Northern Ireland Railways will put their new push-pull inter-city trainsets into revenue service with the timetable change on June 1. Manufactured by De Dietrich (RG 6.96 p321), the four seven-car trains are part of an EU-funded upgrading of the Dublin – Belfast main line.