China imposes sanctions on US officials

China imposes sanctions on US officials
Those targeted include former US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: In response to recent US sanctions on Chinese officials in Hong Kong, China is imposing sanctions on several US officials and organisations.

Those targeted by the Chinese sanctions include former US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross.

The counter-sanctions come days before Wendy Sherman, US Deputy Secretary of State, is due to visit China.

The US sanctions on Chinese officials in Hong Kong were because of their role in the higly controversial security crackdown in the territory.

The US also warned its business community about the growing risks of operating in Hong Kong.

Last year, China introduced the National Security Law in Hong Kong in response to massive pro-democracy protests. It criminalises subversion, secession and collusion with foreign forces and carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

On Friday, China’s foreign ministry said that the recent US sanctions were designed to “groundlessly smear Hong Kong’s business environment” and “gravely violate international law and basic norms governing international relations”.

The Chinese ministry said it would impose sanctions on seven US officials and entities including former US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

As commerce secretary under former Trump administration, Mr Ross expanded the number of firms that couldn’t trade with American firms without a prior license, including Chinese telecom giants like ZTE and Huawei.

Others sanctioned by China include Carolyn Bartholomew, chair of US-China Economic and Security Review Commission; Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch’s China director; and Adam King of the International Republican Institute.

Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, told reporters that the US was “undeterred” by China’s retaliation.

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