China Imposing sanctions on a number of US and Canadian officials in response to escalating tensions as Western countries called for alleged human rights violations in the country against Uighurs in Xinjiang.
Among those sanctioned are Gail Mansion, Chair of the US Government’s Advisory Committee on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and Tony Perkins, Vice President. Manchine is also the wife of Senator Joe Mansheen, DW.Va.
China has also imposed sanctions on Canadian official Michael Chung, vice chair of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE), along with the eight members of the FAAE’s International Human Rights Subcommittee.
“The Chinese government is firmly determined to protect its national sovereignty, security and development interests, and urges the parties concerned to clearly understand the situation and correct their mistakes,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said about the sanctions, according to Reuters.
Those who have been sanctioned in China, Hong Kong or Macau will not be allowed, and Chinese citizens may not communicate with them.
The United States, Canada, the European Union, and the United Kingdom have cooperated to enact their own sanctions on Chinese officials for violations of the Muslim minority.
Several countries, including the United States, have described China’s treatment of the Uighurs as genocide. China has denied any human rights violations and called on other countries to stop interfering in their internal affairs.
The sanctions came after tense bilateral talks with Biden administration officials and Chinese officials in Alaska last week.
The White House said the administration still had “serious concerns about China’s crimes against humanity and genocide” against the Uyghurs.
During Thursday’s meeting, Blinken said the Biden administration is united with its allies in resisting and asserting growing authoritarianism in China at home and abroad. Then Yang Jiechi, head of foreign affairs of the Communist Party of China, emptied the list of Chinese complaints about the United States and accused Washington of hypocrisy for criticizing Beijing on human rights and other issues.