China announces sanctions against Canadians including MP Michael Chong

China announces sanctions against Canadians including MP Michael Chong

China on Saturday announced sanctions against individuals and entities in Canada and the United States in response to sanctions imposed on Chinese citizens and groups due to conditions in Xinjiang.
China has sanctioned MK Michael Chong, who is also the Conservative Party’s foreign affairs spokesperson. Sanctions were also imposed on the House of Commons subcommittee on international human rights, the statement said.

China will also impose sanctions on U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) chairperson Gayle Manchin and vice chairperson Tony Perkins, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Relevant persons are prohibited from entering the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao in China, and Chinese citizens and institutions are not allowed to do business with the persons concerned and to have exchanges with the entity. concerned, ”wrote the ministry.

Canada joined with the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union this week in imposing sanctions on four Chinese officials suspected of being responsible for the persecution of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the province from Xinjiang.

“I will wear it as a badge of honor”: Chong

Responding to the news on Twitter, Chong said Canada has a “duty to call China.”

“If it means China sanctions me, I will wear it as a badge of honor,” he said.

The Conservatives this week called on the federal Liberal government to stop making payments to the Asian Infrastructure Bank in light of the ongoing detention and lack of transparency regarding the trials of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China.

Chong said it was unacceptable for Canada to send around US $ 40 million to the China-led agency.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said on Saturday he was “proud of the work of MPs from all parties” in drawing attention to the persecution of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

CBC News has contacted Chong’s office for comment, as well as Global Affairs Canada.


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