(VOFNEW.ORG)– China has imposed sanctions on 11 U.S citizens including legislators in response to America imposition of sanctions on 11 Hong Kong and Chinese officials whom it accused of curtailing political freedom in the city.
At a regular press briefing in Beijing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China decided to impose sanctions on individuals who have behaved egregiously on Hong Kong-related issues.
Among those targeted on Monday were US Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley and Pat Toomey and Representative Chris Smith, as well as individuals at non-profit and rights groups.
“In response to that wrong US behaviour, China has decided to impose sanctions on individuals who have behaved egregiously on Hong Kong-related issues,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular press briefing.
Last month, China announced sanctions against Cruz, Rubio, Smith and other US officials after the US penalised senior Chinese officials over the treatment of Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang region.