The Associated Press
BEIJING – China announced unspecified sanctions Monday against 11 U.S. politicians and heads of organizations promoting democratic causes, including Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who have already been singled out by Beijing.
Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday that the 11 had “performed badly” on issues concerning Hong Kong, where China has cracked down on opposition voices after it imposed a national security law in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city last month.
The number of Americans named by the ministry matches the number of Hong Kong and Chinese officials placed on a sanctions list by the U.S. last week over the crackdown.
China showed its determination to defy such pressure on Monday by arresting leading independent media tycoon Jimmy Lai and raiding the publisher’s headquarters.