The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that would impose sanctions against Chinese officials of undermining the autonomy of Hong Kong, reports “Interfax”.

“They promote the process of deprivation of the people of Hong Kong freedom. So time is of the essence,” he said, speaking in the Senate, one of the sponsors of the bill Senator Chris van HOLLEN. He added that the adoption of the bill in the Senate “is unlikely to be taken seriously in Beijing.”

“That’s why it’s important to do something that will show that the government of China will pay the price if you go down this path, to destroy the freedom of the people of Hong Kong,” added the Senator.

Now the bill needs to be passed in the House of representatives of the U.S. Congress.

U.S. senators Chris van HOLLEN and Patrick Toomey at the end of may, has prepared a bill providing for the imposition of sanctions against Chinese officials and organizations relevant to the promotion of the national security bill in Hong Kong, as well as punitive measures against banks that do business with these organizations.

We will remind, deputies of the national people’s Congress of national representatives (national people’s Congress, the highest legislative body of China) in late may approved a resolution prescribing the standing Committee of the NPC to develop the national security law for Hong Kong. The United States also stated that it will deprive Hong Kong’s privileged status because it ceased to be a separate part of China.

The abolition of the United States a privileged status for Hong Kong will affect bilateral commercial relations, agreement on extradition and export controls.