U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback, Republican Sens.
According to Francesco Sisci, a Beijing-based Italian sinologist, author and columnist, "the list of USA grievances against China" is long and is poised only to grow in the near future.
The Associated Press indicated China "did not spell out the sanctions beyond saying they would correspond to the American ones", which prohibited four senior Chinese officials from entering the US or engaging in property transactions with Americans.
The unspecified "corresponding sanctions" were announced days after the USA imposed visa bans and asset freezes on several Chinese officials, including the Communist Party chief in Xinjiang, Chen Quanguo, over rights abuses in the region.
It's not clear what the new sanctions against usa officials will entail.
Beijing has repeatedly vowed retaliation over U.S. actions meant to support residents of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, accusing Washington of inappropriately interfering in China's internal affairs. There was no indication any of the four planned to travel to China.
The American decision marked the first time the U.S. has sanctioned a sitting Chinese official under the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which gives the U.S. broad authority to impose human rights sanctions on foreign officials.
Last December, Xinjiang authorities announced that the camps had closed and all the detainees had "graduated", a claim hard to corroborate independently given tight surveillance and restrictions on reporting in the region.
According to the United Nations and various human rights organisations, Uighurs and others Muslim minorities are forcefully held in detention centres. China has denied its involvement in the issue. China calls them "education centres".
China is sanctioning four USA citizens, including Sen. The sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act apply to three Chinese Communist Party officials, the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau and a former government official. On July 9, the US Treasury blacklisted several high-ranking Chinese officials, citing "serious abuses" of Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic minority living in China's northwestern Xinjiang region.