The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on seven Chinese officials over what it calls Beijing's crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong, according to Reuters.
The Biden administration also issued an advisory on Friday to warn US businesses about risks to their operations and activities in Hong Kong after China's imposition of a new national security law there last year.
A spokesperson for the Commissioner of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong in a statement late on Friday strongly condemned the US actions, saying they were blatant interference in Hong Kong and China's internal affairs.
"(US) worries about Hong Kong's business environment is fake; its attempt to destroy Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, endanger China's national security, and hamper China's development is real," he said in the statement.
The Chinese official added the implementation of the security law has reinforced Hong Kong's position as an international financial and business hub, and US sanctions and pressures are no more than "a waste paper" which will not stop China from growing.
On Saturday, a Hong Kong government spokesman said Washington has repeatedly attempted to slander the legislation over the last year.
"The US Administration's latest attempt to issue a so-called 'advisory' ...based on totally ridiculous and unfounded fear-mongering about the situation in Hong Kong only serves to prove yet again its hypocrisy and double standards, driven by ideological hegemony," the spokesman said in a statement.
China vowed to deal a “head-on blow” to the United States after it imposed more sanctions on mainland Chinese officials over Hong Kong and warned American companies of the hazards of doing business in the city.
“The successive sanctions imposed on us by the US have no meaning, other than to fuel our contempt towards US politicians and to arouse our strong will to fight for our national interests,” Beijing said, according to South China Morning Post.
“Anyone who intervenes in Hong Kong’s affairs had best believe that China’s development will firmly continue, and we will deal a head-on blow to America’s unscrupulous behavior.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that the business advisory, along with sanctions against the seven officials, were a “clear message that the United States resolutely stands with Hongkongers”.
He accused Beijing of breaking its promise to allow Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy and “stifling the democratic aspirations” of people in the city by disqualifying elected lawmakers, arresting people for expressing discontent against the government and forcing the closure of the Apple Daily newspaper.