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China hits back with sanctions against US officials including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

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As a retaliatory motion after US sanctioned Chinese top officials, China has now stated sanctions over top US officials including Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. This step was taken after US had stamped sanctions on Beijing against officials who were responsible for ill-treatment and human rights violations against Uighur Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang province of China.

The China imposed sanctions would be in effect from Monday, said Hua Chunying, Spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Details however are not yet publicized.

The sanctions imposed by Beijing are extended to Senators Rubio and Cruz, Republican politicians Samuel Brownback and Chris Smith, and also US Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The commission is responsible of monitoring and reporting on human rights situation and Rule of Law in China. The sanctions, experts say, hold more of symbolic importance as the US officials very less financial or legal interest in China.

US had sanctioned a Chinese government official and 4 senior Chinese officials on Friday under the Magnitsky Law, including a sitting member of politburo. The sanctions have banned these officials to hold any asset in US and travelling to US. Any US national is also not allowed to carry out any business with these people.

US Treasury released a statement on Friday saying, “The entity and officials are being designated for their connection to serious human rights abuse against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, which reportedly include mass arbitrary detention and severe physical abuse, among other serious abuses targeting Uighurs, a Turkic Muslim population indigenous to Xinjiang, and other ethnic minorities in the region.”

Hua said about the US imposed sanctions as “serious interference in China’s internal affairs, severe violation of basic norms governing international relations, and grave harm to China-US relations.” She further said that US had no right to interfere in the matter of Xinjiang and that it was “entirely China’s internal affairs.”

The China and US relationship has reached a historic low, ever since US has become more vocal first about China’s role in alleged hiding of Covid-19 pandemic related details at its onset from Wuhan, and now regarding China’s actions in Xinjiang, Taiwan and Hong Kong, where the country had recently imposed the National Security Law.

With oppositions and criticizing coming in from all directions, from US, UK and Australia specifically, against China’s actions, the latter has also threatened of counter-measures if provoked or interfered with its “internal matters”.

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