China strikes back at US diplomats after fresh national security law sanctions

China strikes back at US diplomats after fresh national security law sanctions

Beijing has hit back at Washington by announcing it will revoke visa exemptions for US diplomatic passport holders visiting Hong Kong and Macau, and impose tit-for-tat sanctions on some American politicians.

The Chinese foreign ministry retaliated on Thursday, three days after the US announced sanctions against 14 vice-chairmen of the National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislature.

Washington started the latest round of sanctions to amplify its opposition to Beijing’s national security law in Hong Kong, targeting those it deemed responsible for implementing the controversial legislation.

The sanctions were not expected to have a significant impact, and observers described them as “mild”. But they cautioned that such action would further strain China-US ties, and make a reset more difficult even after Joe Biden’s inauguration as US president on January 20.