The United States will not be afraid to impose new sanctions against China if necessary; they do not attach importance to retaliatory sanctions, a senior representative of the US administration told reporters on Saturday.

“It should be clear that we should not be afraid to force China to pay where they violate international norms,” he said at a briefing.

According to him, the first Deputy Secretary of State of the United States, Wendy Sherman, during a visit to China on July 25-26, will not pay attention to retaliatory sanctions from Beijing.

“She is going to the negotiations and does not believe that China’s retaliatory sanctions will be used as a lever (in the negotiations),” the administration representative said.

According to him, international actions led by the United States “attracted the attention” of China. Earlier on Friday, China announced the imposition of sanctions against seven former American officials and organizations in connection with their “erroneous actions” against Hong Kong.