China has imposed sanctions on a handful of US and Canadian officials in a tit-for-tat response amid mounting tensions over the crackdown on ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang province.
Gayle Manchin, chair of the US government’s Advisory Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and wife of the senator. 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.), as well as Tony Perkins, vice president of USCIRF, were sanctioned, Reuters reported.
Michael Chong, vice chairman of the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE), and the eight members of the FAAE’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights have also been sanctioned.
“The Chinese government is firmly determined to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests, and urges relevant parties to clearly understand the situation and correct their mistakes,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in announcing the sanctions. , according to Reuters.
Those sanctioned by China will not be allowed in China, Hong Kong or Macau, and Chinese citizens and businesses cannot communicate with individuals.
United States coordinated sanctions against China with Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom over alleged human rights abuses by China against Uighur Muslims.
“These appointments include Wang Junzheng, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), and Chen Mingguo, Director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau (XPSB),” the Treasury Department said when announced the sanctions. “The United States is committed to using the full breadth of its financial powers to promote accountability for the serious human rights abuses that occur in Xinjiang.”
“They must stop political manipulation in Xinjiang-related affairs, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs in any way, and refrain from going the wrong way. Otherwise your fingers will be burned, ”the ministry said on Saturday, according to Reuters.
China has denied allegations of human rights abuses in the country.
Some countries, including the United States, have called China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims a genocide.