China sanctions former Rep. Mike Gallagher, a fierce critic of Beijing

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BEIJING — China has banned former U.S. lawmaker Mike Gallagher from entering the country and taken other measures in response to his words and actions that “interfered in China’s internal affairs,” the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

China will freeze Gallagher’s assets in the country and ban organizations and individuals there from trading and cooperating with him, the ministry said.

It did not go into detail on what Gallagher had said or done.

Gallagher, a Republican who left Congress in April, has been a fierce critic of China and a strong supporter of Taiwan, a democratically run island that Beijing claims as its own.