US-China row deepens as Beijing slaps sanctions on 11 American lawmakers

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Relations between the two countries have deteriorated over issues ranging from trade to Hong Kong and China?s handling of COVID-19. Photo: File BEIJING: China imposed sanctions on 11 Americans, including six lawmakers, on Monday in retaliation to Washington’s earlier move against Chinese officials over Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong. Among those targeted were Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley and Pat Toomey and Representative Chris Smith, as well as individuals at non-profits and rights groups.

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