China announces retaliatory sanctions 2 days before U.S. diplomatic visit

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses a high-level party meeting. (Ma Zhancheng/ AP Photo)

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UPDATED 9:15 AM PT – Saturday, July 24, 2021

China imposed retaliatory sanctions against several U.S. citizens and entities. The sanctions were placed on Friday against multiple individuals, including former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

These have been the first counter-sanctions imposed by China under a recently passed law requiring any foreign sanctions placed on the regime to be reciprocated. Last week, the White House announced sanctions against seven Chinese individuals and warned U.S. entities of growing risks posed by Beijing.

During a press briefing on Friday, Joe Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded by saying the U.S. would not be deterred by an sanctions placed by China.

She went on to say, “these actions are the latest examples of how Beijing punishes private citizens, companies and civil society organizations as a way to send political signals and further illustrates the PRC’s deteriorating investment climate and rising political risk.”

China’s sanctions come just two days before White House officials are expected to travel to Beijing for bilateral talks. Notably, the sanctions were not placed on any current U.S. diplomats, which shows Beijing still wants to keep an open line of communication.

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