China to impose reciprocal sanctions on four US citizens

Zhao Lijian Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

China has decided to impose sanctions on four US individuals as a reciprocal countermeasure against US sanctions against officials in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (northwest China) on baseless charges of alleged issue rights in the region, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law, China will take reciprocal countermeasures against four American individuals, including Nadine Maenza, president of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), Nury Turkel, vice president USCIRF commissioner Anurima Bhargava and USCIRF commissioner James W. Carr said spokesperson Zhao Lijian during a regular media briefing on Tuesday.

The United States has imposed illegal sanctions on Chinese officials under the pretext of alleged human rights issues related to Chinese Xinjiang. China strongly opposes and strongly condemns this decision which has seriously interfered with China’s internal affairs. It is a serious violation of the principles of international law and of the fundamental norms governing international relations; this may seriously damage bilateral relations, Zhao said.

The countermeasures include that the aforementioned persons will be barred from entering China, including the mainland, Hong Kong and Macau, that their assets in China would be frozen, and that Chinese citizens and institutions would be prohibited from doing business with. them, according to Zhao.

Zhao pointed out that Xinjiang-related matters are purely China’s internal affairs, and the United States does not have the right to arbitrarily interfere in related matters. China has urged the United States to lift the so-called sanctions and stop interfering in Xinjiang-related affairs and other internal Chinese affairs. China will provide further responses as the situation evolves, Zhao said.

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