The Chinese government announced Friday that it had imposed sanctions on four entities and nine British personalities, including high-ranking parliamentarians, for “spreading lies” about violations of the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.
These sanctions come days after the European Union and other countries (Britain, the United States and Canada) simultaneously imposed sanctions against Chinese officials accused by the West of carrying out a crackdown on the Uyghurs, the Muslim minority that constitutes the majority of the population of the northwestern region of China.
Earlier this week, Beijing announced similar sanctions against 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, people 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 freeze the assets that these persons and entities possess in China, if any, and prohibit Chinese persons, both 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 heads the Foreign Affairs Committee in the British House of Commons.
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