China Imposes Sanctions On US Officials
Those targeted include former US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross.
Washington also warned its business community of the growing risks of operating in Hong Kong.
It said it would impose sanctions on seven US individuals and entities including Mr Ross.
As commerce secretary under former President Donald Trump, Mr Ross expanded the number of firms that could not trade with American firms without a prior license, including Chinese telecom giants like Huawei and ZTE.
“These actions are the latest examples of how Beijing punishes private citizens, companies and civil society organisations as a way to send political signals,” she said.
The relationship between Beijing and Washington became even more strained under the Trump administration. They remain sour on issues including the origins of Covid-19, human rights and cybersecurity.
This weekend, Ms Sherman will travel to China in an effort to address deteriorating ties. It will be the most senior official visit under President Joe Biden.
Mr Ross is just the latest former member of the Trump administration to be hit with sanctions by China. In January, it announced sanctions against outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and 27 other top Trump officials.
The Biden administration called that move “unproductive and cynical”.