China slaps sanctions on US officials and cancels visa exemptions for diplomats in an β€˜equal counterattack’ over Hong Kong

Beijing has hit back at Washington, imposing financial sanctions on US officials, congressional personnel, NGOs and their family members in retaliation for US sanctions over Hong Kong levied earlier this week.

Speaking on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that Beijing will bring measures against American officials and individuals in what she described as anΒ β€œequal counterattack.”

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