China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying announced sanctions against four US officials at a news conference in Beijing, on Monday.
The decision was made in response to Washington's measures against senior Chinese Communist party officials imposed last week. They were targeted over their involvement in alleged human rights abuses against Muslim Uighurs in the province of Xinjiang.
Hua said the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, US senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith were targeted over their campaign to put pressure on Beijing.
«We urge the United States to immediately rescind its wrong decision and stop making any remarks or moves that interfere in China's internal affairs and undermine China's interests. China will make further responses depending on the development of the situation,» she said.
International human rights organisations say at least one million Uighurs are being held in 're-education' camps in the province.
Chinese authorities have denied any mistreatment saying they are fighting against religious extremism.