Yesterday, the Chinese government announced the imposition of sanctions on British entities and personalities, accusing them of “spreading lies” about violations against the Uyghur Muslim minority in Xinjiang, while London condemned the move.
The sanctions included four entities, and nine British personalities, including high-level parliamentarians. The sanctions come days after the European Union and other countries (Britain, the United States and Canada) simultaneously imposed sanctions against Chinese officials, whom the West accuses of carrying out a crackdown on the Uyghurs, the Muslim minority that makes up most of the population of the northwestern region.
And Beijing announced, earlier this week, the imposition of similar sanctions on 10 personalities from the European Union, including members of the European Parliament, as well as four entities.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, in a statement, that according to these sanctions, persons who have been affected, and their family members, are banned from entering Chinese territory, including Hong Kong and Macau.
She added that the sanctions will also lead to the freezing of the assets that these persons and entities possess in China, if any, and will also prohibit Chinese persons, natural and legal, from establishing any commercial relations with them.
The Chinese sanctions have affected, in particular, the Human Rights Committee of the Conservative Party (the party of Prime Minister Boris Johnson), the former leader of the party Ian Duncan Smith, and Representative Tom Tugendhat, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee in the British House of Commons. For its part, London condemned the sanctions, and accused Beijing of seeking to silence all those condemning human rights violations. Prime Minister Boris Johnson affirmed that he “firmly supports” the personalities and entities covered by the Chinese sanctions.
“We condemn China’s attempts to silence those who speak out against human rights violations, at home and abroad,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a tweet.
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