Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are prominent figures in the US Republican party (Photo: Reuters)
KATHMANDU: China has said it will impose sanctions on 11 US citizens including senators and other high profile officials, international media reported.
The sanctions come in response to a decision by the US to sanction 11 Chinese officials and allies in Hong Kong for curtailing political freedoms.
Among those targeted by China were Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and Kenneth Roth, the executive director of charity Human Rights Watch.
China did not target any officials from the Trump administration.
Also on the list were Senators Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley and Pat Toomey and Representative Chris Smith – all Republicans – as well as other individuals from non-profit organisations and rights groups.
(With inputs from Agencies)