China announces sanctions against Rubio and Cruise against Uygur Muslims

China announces sanctions against Rubio and Cruise against Uygur Muslims
China announced on Monday that it sanctioned a number of US officials, including Senator Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in response to legislation aimed at punishing senior Chinese officials for Beijing's alleged treatment of the minority Muslim minority in Xinjiang, according to multiple reports.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chuning said that the sanctions against US officials will begin on Monday. Hua listed Republican Senators - both of whom are prominent critics of China - as targets of "corresponding sanctions".

Other countries include the itinerant ambassador for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, U.S. Representative Chris Smith, and the Executive Committee of Congress in China - which monitors human rights and reports annually to President Trump and Congress, according to Reuters.

Hua told reporters at a daily press conference that the US measures seriously interfere in China's internal affairs, seriously violate the basic standards of international relations and seriously harm China-US relations. "China will provide more responses based on how the situation has evolved."

It is not clear what the new sanctions imposed on US officials will entail.

The measures come just days after Washington imposed sanctions on the Communist Party secretary and other Chinese officials for alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang region of China.

“The United States will not stand idly by while the Chinese Community Party [CCP] is committing human rights violations targeting Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other minority groups in Xinjiang, to include forced labor, arbitrary collective detention, and coercive control of the population,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement announced It contains penalties from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "Attempts to erase their Islamic culture and faith."

The sanctions targeted three senior officials in Xinjiang, which made them and their family members ineligible to enter the United States, and Pompeo said that additional visa restrictions had been placed on other officials believed to be involved or responsible for violations against minorities.

UN experts said at least a million Uighurs and other Muslims were being held in detention centers in Xinjiang, according to Reuters. China, which initially denied the existence of the camps, has designated them as training centers aimed at eradicating terrorism and extremism, as well as providing people with new skills. The detainees are allegedly subjected to forced labor, abortion, sterilization and other abuses.

Bloomberg stated that the US moves and response from China were largely symbolic because it is likely that officials do not have much financial or legal contact with each other's countries.

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