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China Sanctions 11 Americans in Tit-for-Tat Row

China Sanctions 11 Americans in Tit-for-Tat Row

Monday, 10 August, 2020 - 09:00
FILE PHOTO: Flags of US and China are displayed at American International Chamber of Commerce (AICC)'s booth during China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing, China, May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

China on Monday sanctioned 11 Americans, including senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in retaliation for similar US moves against Chinese officials over Beijing's crackdown in Hong Kong.


"China has decided to impose sanctions on some people that behaved badly on Hong Kong-related issues," foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday, with Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth and National Endowment for Democracy president Carl Gershman also on the list.


Washington had announced on Friday it was freezing the US assets of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and 10 other senior Chinese officials, in the toughest US action on Hong Kong since China imposed a sweeping new security law on the territory.


It accused Lam and the other sanctioned officials of being "directly responsible for implementing Beijing's policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes."


Zhao on Monday said the US move "grossly interferes in China's internal affairs and seriously violates international law."


Meanwhile, Chinese air force jets briefly crossed the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait on Monday and were tracked by Taiwanese missiles, Taiwan's government said, as US health chief Alex Azar visited the island to offer President Donald Trump's support.


Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, the highest-level US official to visit in four decades.


China, which claims the island as its own, condemned the visit which comes after a period of sharply deteriorating relations between China and the United States.


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