China retaliates, imposes sanctions on top US officials and organisations Jul 25, 2021 0 263 12345 dpaBeijing China has imposed sanctions on seven top US officials and organizations in retaliation for measures taken by Washington against Chinese figures in Hong Kong, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Friday.Beijing’s blacklist included former US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, the head of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), Carolyn Bartholomew, the non-governmental Hong Kong Democratic Council, and Sophie Richardson, the China director of Human Rights Watch.Earlier this month, Washington pledged support for the pro-democracy opposition in Hong Kong and imposed sanctions on seven Chinese government officials. It also warned companies that doing business in Hong Kong is increasingly risky.In imposing its new penalties, China deployed a law it passed recently to combat foreign sanctions. Precise details of of the sanctions were not outlined.The move came ahead of a scheduled visit to China on Sunday by US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. She is set to become the highest-ranking US official to have visited China since Joe Biden entered the White House.During her two-day visit, Sherman will meet with Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng. Because of the pandemic and security concerns, the meeting will be held in the city of Tianjin, 130 kilometres east of Beijing.Ahead of the meetings, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman demanded that the US stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and vilifying Beijing.The US had no right to lecture China, and Washington was trying to provoke a confrontation and slow China’s development, the spokesman said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Over 70 dead as record monsoon rains wreak havoc in west India Jul 25, 2021 0 1702 Crisis-hit Lebanon strikes fuel deal with Iraq to ease shortage Jul 25, 2021 0 285 Afghanistan imposes curfew to stop Taliban reaching bigger cities Jul 25, 2021 0 66 Biden authorises $100 million in aid for Afghan refugees Washington US President Joe Biden has authorized up to 100 million dollars in emergency aid for refugees from Afghanistan. The money, which comes from an emergency fund, will be used to meet the “unexpected urgent .. US prosecutors move to drop cases against Chinese researchers dpa Los Angeles The Justice Department moved in recent days to drop charges against four researchers at California universities accused of hiding their ties to the Chinese military, a blow to US efforts to battle .. UN condemns Turkey’s plan for Northern Cyprus resort dpa New York The UN Security Council on Friday condemned Turkey’s recently announced plans for the reopening and resettlement of a beach resort area in Northern Cyprus that has remained shuttered since the 1974 conflict ..