The United States and the European Union are sanctioning persons and entities all over the world. It is not a surprise that other (large) countries are doing the same. In March China has sanctioned persons and entities in the EU. The thinktank of the European Parliament published a report that is announced as follows:
Chinese counter-sanctions on EU targets
On 22 March 2021, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) announced sanctions on 10 individuals and 4 entities in the EU, including Members of the European Parliament and of the Council’s Political and Security Committee, that it said ‘severely harm China’s sovereignty and interests and maliciously spread lies and disinformation’. It described the sanctions as a response to EU sanctions imposed the same day on a Chinese entity and individuals accused of human rights abuses in Xinjiang (PRC). The dispute comes at a sensitive time in EU-China relations, raising questions about approval of the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), a proposed EU-China bilateral investment treaty.
Read also this post on sanctions and counter-sanctions.