Republican senators among those hit by sanctions brought in response to US measures The Chinese government has announced sanctions against US officials, including the Republican senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in response to US sanctions over Beijing’s treatment of ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang province.China’s ministry of foreign affairs spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said the retaliatory sanctions would be in place from Monday, but gave no details on what they would entail. Continue reading...
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China retaliates against US sanctions with its own, targeting 11 US citizens in ongoing political skirmish
China will sanction 11 US citizens in retaliation for similar US sanctions placed on the country...China will sanction 11 US citizens in retaliation for similar US sanctions placed on the country last week. GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are among those sanctioned. Last week the US sanctioned Hong Kong's Beijing-appointed chief executive Carrie Lam and several other current and former officials for their enforcement of greater control of the region. Rubio and Cruz faced previous sanctions for being outspoken about China's treatment of the Uighurs, a minority Muslim group in Xinjiang. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. China plans to sanction 11 US citizens including GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio after the US imposed similar measures on the country last week. The announcement comes after the US sanctioned Hong Kong's Beijing-appointed chief executive Carrie Lam and several other current and former officials for their enforcement of greater control of the region. "The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong and we will use our tools and authorities to target those undermining their autonomy," Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement. According to the Wall Street Journal, China's Foreign Ministry did not provide additional information on what the sanctions would involve. "In response to the erroneous actions of the US, China has decided to impose sanctions today on those individuals who behaved badly on Hong Kong-related issues," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, according to the Journal. According to CNN, Rubio and Cruz were sanctioned alongside Sens. Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley, and Pat Toomey, as well as Rep. Chris Smith. China had previously imposed sanctions on Rubio and Cruz last month after the US passed legislation to sanction the country over its treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. Rubio has been extremely outspoken about the human rights abuses inflicted on the minority group including their placement in detention centers. China has repeatedly claimed that the camps are "re-education" camps, and deny any human rights abuses. "I had no intention of traveling to China soon anyway," Rubio said last month on Fox News' American Newsroom. "I didn't think they were going to roll out the welcome mat. I'm actually proud of it. Anytime a totalitarian, evil regime is against you, you know you're on the right side." After the announcement of Chinese sanctions on Monday, Rubio tweeted: "I don't want to be paranoid but I am starting to think they don't like me." Last month #China banned me Today they sanctioned meI don’t want to be paranoid but I am starting to think they don’t like mehttps://t.co/Pk9yH1io3Z — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 10, 2020 Other US citizens sanctioned by China included Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch, Carl Gershman of the National Endowment for Democracy, and Michael Abramowitz of Freedom House, The Journal reported. "The Chinese government just announced unspecified 'sanctions' against me. That is little more than an effort to distract attention from its wholesale assault on the rights of the people of Hong Kong," Roth said in a tweet. Roth, Gershman, and Abramowitz all supported pro-democracy efforts in Hong Kong.SEE ALSO: Trump signed a law to punish China for its oppression of the Uighur Muslims. Uighurs say much more needs to be done. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on a powerful government entity that runs companies and farms in...The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on a powerful government entity that runs companies and farms in the Xinjiang region, where officials carry out the mass internment of Muslims.
Dominic Raab due to address the Commons, as China urged UK not to go down ‘wrong...Dominic Raab due to address the Commons, as China urged UK not to go down ‘wrong path’ Boris Johnson has all but confirmed that the UK will suspend an extradition treaty with Hong Kong owing to a national security law imposed by Beijing, bringing another clash with China following last week’s decision over Huawei.Speaking on a visit to a school in Kent, Johnson said Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, would explain later on Monday “about how we are going to change our extradition arrangements to reflect our concerns about what’s happening with the security law in Hong Kong”. Continue reading...