China imposes reciprocal sanctions on certain U.S. individuals
Updated 22:59, 18-Jan-2021

China has decided to impose reciprocal sanctions on some U.S. administration officials who have behaved badly over issues related to China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Monday at a daily press briefing.

The move came amid fresh U.S. sanctions against Chinese officials over Hong Kong issues and U.S. officials lifting limits on interactions with the Taiwan region, acts China regards as blatant inference in China's internal affairs.

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Hua said besides administration officials, U.S. congressional members and the staff of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and their immediate family members, will also be sanctioned. 

The spokesperson said China strongly opposes and condemns the U.S. side's wanton interference in China's domestic affairs and judicial sovereignty and will continue to support the HKSAR in cracking down on criminal activities in accordance with the law.

Hua stressed that there is only one China in the world, and the HKSAR and the Taiwan region all belong to China. The U.S. should stop interfering in China's domestic affairs and endangering China's national security using any kind of excuses, Hua said.

(Cover: Chinese Foreign Ministry. /Xinhua)

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