China sanctions four US politicians over Xinjiang issue
Beijing, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) China has announced on Monday sanctions against four US politicians -including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz- and a congressional commission, in retaliation to sanctions imposed on Chinese officials for alleged abuses in Xinjiang.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing that the measures will take immediate effect, without detailing what they consist of.
Apart from Rubio and Cruz, US Representative Chris Smith, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, will be sanctioned.
Beijing responded in this way to sanctions imposed last week on four leaders of the Chinese Communist Party and the government in Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.
After expressing firm rejection, Hua denounced that Washington interfered in a purely internal matter, violated international rules and laws, and damaged bilateral relations.
The White House's insistence on meddling in sensitive issues such as Tibet, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan puts bilateral relations at its worst stage. Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently warned that it is pushing the two nations to the brink of a Cold War.
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