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China on Monday sanctioned eleven U.S. citizens, including several U.S. senators, in retaliation for sanctions Washington imposed on Chinese officials and their allies in Hong Kong for their role in stifling political freedoms in Hong Kong.
“In response to the erroneous actions of the U.S., China has decided to impose sanctions today on those individuals who behaved badly on Hong Kong-related issues,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press briefing Monday.
The sanctions target several Republican lawmakers, GOP Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania as well as Representative Chris Smith. China also said it will sanction Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth, National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman and Freedom House President Michael Abramowitz. Beijing avoided sanctioning Trump administration officials.
The Trump administration on Friday announced the new sanctions on eleven individuals including Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam and Chinese Communist Party officials for their work in “implementing Beijing’s policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes.”
“As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the individuals named above, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by them, individually, or with other blocked persons, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, are blocked and must be reported to OFAC,” the Treasury Department’s announcement read.
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