China slaps sanctions on UK entities, individuals

China has imposed sanctions on British entities and individuals in retaliation for a coordinated set of sanctions by the United States, the European Union, Britain and Canada.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday that it has lodged a protest with the British ambassador in Beijing over Britain's move. The Western sanctions, imposed on Monday, target Chinese officials accused of being involved in human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The statement added that China had sanctioned four British entities and nine individuals, including lawmakers. Targeted individuals and their immediate family members are prohibited from entering "the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao of China," and their property in China will be frozen.

Chinese citizens and institutions will also be prohibited from doing business with them. The ministry said the sanctions took effect immediately.

The statement added that China reserves the right to take further measures.

Beijing has already applied retaliatory sanctions against the EU.