China has imposed sanctions against 28 American officials who were part of the administration of former US President Donald Trump. reports Global Times (a subdivision of the People's Daily, an official resource of the Communist Party of the People's Republic of China) with reference to the Foreign Ministry's statement.
Among those caught up in China's sanctions were Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Director of the US National Trade Council Peter Navarro, US National Security Advisor Robert O 'Brien, Assistant Secretary of State David Stilwell, former US National Security Adviser John Bolton (sent resign in 2019) and Stephen Bannon, senior adviser to the US president in Trump's first year.
Beijing said that the sanctions were applied to officials "who seriously violated China's sovereignty and who bear the main responsibility for such US actions on issues related to China."
“Some anti-Chinese politicians in the United States, out of their own selfish political interests, prejudices and hatred of China, showing no respect for the interests of the Chinese and American peoples, planned and took insane steps, interfered in the internal affairs of China, undermined the interests of the PRC , insulted the Chinese people and harmed Sino-American relations, "- this is how the Trump administration's policy was described in the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
The sanctions imply a ban on Chinese companies and individuals from doing business with those on the "black list". Also, those against whom the sanctions are imposed are prohibited from visiting China.