Secretary of state Antony blinkenAntony BlinkenUS Tensions with China risk fueling anti-Asian bullying at home Congressional options to promote peace in Yemen Kerry: ‘No government will solve’ climate change MORE issued a statement Saturday night condemning China for sanctioning US and Canadian officials amid simmering tensions over the way China treats Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province.
“The United States Condemns Unfounded Sanctions by the People’s Republic of China (People’s Republic of China) against two Commissioners of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), apparently in retaliation for United States sanctions against officials of the People’s Republic of China related to gross human rights abuses in Xinjiang, “Blinken said. saying.
“Beijing’s attempts to intimidate and silence those who speak out for human rights and fundamental freedoms only contribute to increasing international scrutiny of the genocide and crimes against humanity underway in Xinjiang,” he continued.
China imposed sanctions early on saturday on USCIRF President Gayle Manchin, Senator’s wife. Joe manchinJoe ManchinBiden Nominates Manchin’s Wife to Co-Chair Appalachian Regional Commission The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden Changes on Obstructionism Liberals believe Biden simply made getting rid of obstructionism easier MORE (DW.Va.) and USCIRF Vice President Tony Perkins.
Also sanctioned on Saturdays was Michael Chong, who is the vice chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) of the Canadian Parliament, as well as eight members of the committee’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights.
Officials are not authorized in China, Hong Kong or Macau, and Chinese citizens and businesses cannot communicate with them.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin trudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauOvernight Energy: Putin and Xi among the leaders invited to the White House climate summit | Kerry looks to the private sector on climate change | White House reportedly canceled Interior Department party of 50 over Putin pandemic concerns, Xi among leaders invited to White House climate summit Harris seeks his own unique path in the White House MORE called the sanctions “an attack on transparency and freedom of expression.”
“We stand by parliamentarians against these unacceptable actions and will continue to defend human rights around the world with our international partners,” he said on Twitter.
China’s sanctions are an attack on transparency and freedom of expression, values at the heart of our democracy. We stand by parliamentarians against these unacceptable actions and will continue to defend human rights around the world with our international partners. https://t.co/gtMleSAaEd
– Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 27, 2021
The sanctions came after the US and Canada coordinated sanctions with the European Union on Monday against two Chinese government officials for their alleged connection to “gross human rights abuses” against Uighur Muslims.
The United States and other countries have called the alleged treatment genocide. China has denied allegations of human rights abuses in the country.