Earlier, the US Ministry of Finance warned businesses about these risks and put seven Chinese citizens on the sanctions list because of the situation in the special administrative region.
“In response to the erroneous actions of the American side, China has decided on mirror sanctions,” the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Former US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, former director of the Congressional-Executive Committee office for China Jonathan Stivers, representative of the International Republican Institute in Hong Kong Adam King, and other former officials and public figures were subject to restrictions.
Beijing stressed that Hong Kong is part of China and all related issues are an internal matter of the country.
“Any external forces that try to interfere in the affairs of Hong Kong are like ants shaking a tree: they overestimate their strength,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry concluded.