HONG KONG (Oct. 2, 2017) Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Sara Farrior, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90), prepares line to moor the ship in Hong Kong. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Benjamin A. Lewis)

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday U.S. military ships and aircraft won't be allowed to visit Hong Kong, and also announced sanctions against several U.S. non-government organizations for encouraging protesters to "engage in extremist, violent and criminal acts."

The measures were announced by China's Foreign Ministry in response to U.S. legislation passed last week supporting anti-government protesters. It said it had suspended taking requests for U.S. military visits indefinitely, and warned of further action to come.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday accused China of curtailing "rights and liberties" in Hong Kong and blasted U.S. company Nike and the National Basketball Association for falling in line with Beijing in a disagreement over free speech.

In a major policy speech on China that touched on an array of disputes ahead of talks with Beijing to ease a trade war, Pence said the United States does not seek confrontation or to "de-couple" from its main economic rival.

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USS Chafee departs Hong Kong on Oct. 6, 2017. ((U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Benjamin A. Lewis.)

Geopolitics aside, the ongoing demonstrations by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong against Red China's tyrannical rule have already produced strategic ramifications for U.S. sailors: cancelled liberty.

That's right, the godless communists have cancelled two planned port calls by U.S. Navy ships.

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