Hu Xijin, editor of the state-run Global Times, said Beijing was considering banning all US diplomatic passport holders from entering Xinjiang in retaliation for US legislation that would punish Chinese officials for human rights abuses.

Hu, who did not cite where his information came from, said China was also considering imposing visa restrictions on US officials and lawmakers for their “odious performance on Xinjiang issue”…

On Monday, China barred US military ships from visiting Hong Kong and said it would place sanctions on several US human rights organisations that Beijing said had “behaved badly” including the National Endowment for Democracy, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and the International Republican Institute.

“They shoulder some responsibility for the chaos in Hong Kong and they should be sanctioned and pay the price,” said Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the ministry of foreign affairs, at a regular press briefing.