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Beijing sanctions several Americans, including former US commerce secretary, in first use of new law against anti-China penalties
The Chinese government has announced counter-sanctions against several Americans, including current and former officials, marking the first time that Beijing has used its newly passed legislation on such action.
Former US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross was among those blacklisted by the Chinese government on Friday, as Beijing hit back at Washington over US sanctions imposed on Chinese officials relating to the alleged crackdown in Hong Kong.
In addition to Ross, Beijing imposed sanctions on a number of current and former US officials. Many are, or have been, the heads of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.