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China sanctions US politicians in retaliation over Uighur issue

 International Desk

 Published: 09:37 PM, 13 July 2020   Updated: 09:42 PM, 13 July 2020

File photo; collected

File photo; collected

China has announced retaliatory sanctions against a number of United States politicians, including Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, days after Washington blacklisted a number of Chinese politicians for alleged human rights abuses of the Uighur minority. -reports Al Jazeera.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the measures - which also targeted Republican Congressman Chris Smith, the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China and Sam Brownback, the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom - would begin on Monday. However, Hua did not elaborate on what the “corresponding sanctions” would entail.

Last week, the US imposed visa bans and asset freezes on several Chinese officials, including the Communist Party chief in Xinjiang, Chen Quanguo, over the alleged abuses in the western region.

“We urge the US to immediately withdraw its wrong decision, and stop any words and actions that interfere in China’s internal affairs and harm China’s interests,” Hua said.

“China will make a further response depending on the development of the situation.”

China’s move comes as relations between the world’s two biggest economic powerhouses have slumped in recent years.

Washington and Beijing have traded barbs and sanctions on a slew of issues, from trade to more recent spats over the coronavirus pandemic, a security law in Hong Kong, and Chinese policies in Tibet and Xinjiang.

Witnesses and human rights groups say that China has rounded up more than one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang in a vast brainwashing campaign aimed at forcibly homogenizing minorities into the country’s Han majority.

Source: Al Jazeera