Blinken slams China for retaliatory sanctions against US and Canadian officials

Blinken slams China for retaliatory sanctions against US and Canadian officials

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday night denounced the retaliatory sanctions imposed by China on US and Canadian officials as “baseless.”
Why is this important: In a growing row over human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China on Saturday announced sanctions against officials including USCIRF President Gayle Manchin, wife of Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va. ) and USCIRF Vice President Tony Perkins.

  • Canadian MP Michael Chong and Canada’s House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights were also sanctioned – days after the United States, United Kingdom, European Union and Canada had sanctioned Chinese officials found responsible for abuses in Xinjiang.
  • The State Department and several legislative bodies have recognized the abuses against Uyghur Muslims and other minorities as genocide.

What they say: Blinken said in an email that the United States “condemns” China’s “baseless sanctions” against officials, noting that these were “apparently in retaliation for US sanctions” against Chinese officials “linked to serious human rights violations ”in Xinjiang.

  • “Beijing’s attempts to intimidate and silence those who defend human rights and fundamental freedoms only contribute to the growing international scrutiny of the genocide and crimes against humanity underway in Xinjiang,” he added.

Canadian prime minister Justin trudeau tweeted on Saturday, “China’s sanctions are an attack on transparency and free speech – values ​​at the heart of our democracy.

  • “We support parliamentarians against these unacceptable actions and we will continue to defend human rights around the world with our international partners. “

The big picture: China also retaliated against the EU on Monday, sanctioning 10 Europeans, according to Reuters.

Go further: UN Report: “Clear Evidence” China Commits Genocide Against Uyghurs

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with comments from Blinken.


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