China has imposed sanctions on US officials in response to Hong Kong sanctions, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
China's foreign ministry has said it would apply sanctions against US officials, including Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, starting Monday.
On Friday, the US Treasury Department said that the United States had imposed sanctions on 11 individuals in response to an alleged effort to "undermine" Hong Kong's autonomy. The sanctions target Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) Commissioner Chris Tang, Former HKPF Commissioner Stephen Lo, HKSAR Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu and HKSAR Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng among others. The list of sanctioned people does not include Yau.
China's move to adopt the new law, which bans all treasonous activities and actions aimed at dividing the country, on the territory of Hong Kong, created a new source of tensions between China and the US.