China passes anti-foreign sanctions law
Beijing has accused the United States of "suppressing" Chinese firms and issued veiled threats of retaliation after President Joe Biden last week expanded a blacklist of companies Americans are barred from investing in.
Countermeasures in the Chinese law include "refusal to issue visas, denial of entry, deportation... and sealing, seizing, and freezing property of individuals or businesses that adhere to foreign sanctions against Chinese businesses or officials," according to the text published by the National People's Congress standing committee, China's top legislature.
The restrictions can apply to family members of individuals who fall foul of Beijing.
Biden has stepped up American criticism of China in recent months over the theft of intellectual property and alleged human rights abuses in Hong Kong and the restive Chinese region of Xinjiang.
Last week, the White House expanded the blacklist of companies Americans are barred from investing in due to their links to Beijing’s military apparatus.
The list of 59 Chinese firms that are off-limits to American investors from August 2 includes major telecoms such as China Mobile, video surveillance firm Hikvision, China Railway Construction Corp, and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).
China's anti-foreign sanctions law also allows the country's courts to punish companies that comply with foreign laws that damage national interests -- putting global firms that follow US sanctions in legal jeopardy.