China announces sanctions against individuals and entities in US and Canada

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China announces sanctions against individuals and entities in US and Canada


BEIJING – China on Saturday imposed sanctions on two U.S. religious rights officials and a Canadian lawmaker in response to U.S. and Canadian sanctions on Xinjiang.
Beijing has pushed back sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union, Britain and Canada for what they call violations of the rights of Uyghur Muslims and other Turkish minorities in the western region of China of Xinjiang.

China will take action against the chairman and vice chairman of the US government’s Advisory Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Gayle Manchin and Tony Perkins, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It also sanctioned Canadian MP Michael Chong, vice-chair of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE), as well as the FAAE’s eight-member International Human Rights Subcommittee. presented a report this month concluding that atrocities have been committed in Xinjiang and constitute crimes against humanity and genocide.

“The Chinese government is firmly committed to safeguarding its national sovereignty, security and development interests, and urges the parties concerned to clearly understand the situation and correct their mistakes,” the ministry said.

“They must stop political manipulation on Xinjiang-related issues, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs in any form, and refrain from going further down the wrong path. Otherwise, they will burn their fingers ”.

Individuals are not allowed to enter mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, the ministry said, and Chinese citizens and institutions are not allowed to do business with the three individuals or trade with the sub -committee.

China’s previous sanctions against American individuals which it says have severely undermined China’s sovereignty and interests on Xinjiang-related issues remain in effect, the statement said.

UN rights activists and experts say at least one million Muslims have been detained in camps in Xinjiang. Activists and some Western politicians accuse China of using torture, forced labor and sterilization.

China has repeatedly denied all accusations of abuse and says its camps provide vocational training and are necessary to counter extremism.

(Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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