China firmly opposes and strongly condemns the US sanctions on five Chinese officials over issues related to Hong Kong, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said at a press briefing on Thursday.
The arbitrary sanctions severely interfere with China's internal affairs and seriously violate international law and the basic norms governing international relations, Zhao Lijian said.
China will impose reciprocal countermeasures by sanctioning five US personnel, including former US commerce minister Wilbur Ross and USCC president Carolyn Bartholomew, in accordance with China's Anti-Sanctions Law, said Zhao.
These US individuals are not allowed to enter the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao, and their assets in China will be frozen. They're also forbidden to trade with Chinese citizens and institutions, said Zhao.