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Beijing has sanctioned nine British personalities, including high-ranking parliamentarians, as well as four organizations accused of "spreading lies" about human rights in Xinjiang. The United Kingdom condemned on Friday March 26 these sanctions taken against British personalities and entities. Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned a desire to silence those who denounce human rights violations and expressed his solidarity with the personalities concerned. </p><div> <p><span><span><span><em>From our correspondent in London</em>,</span></span></span> <span><span><span><strong>Muriel Delcroix</strong></span></span></span>
The retaliatory measures announced by China come as no surprise and London expected it after imposing sanctions alongside the US, the EU and Canada against Chinese officials for human rights abuses in the Xinjiang. Nevertheless, this is the first time that Beijing has directly attacked British citizens and this gesture marks an escalation of hostilities between the two countries.
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These sanctions were greeted with suspicion by the personalities concerned. Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith immediately said he viewed the punishment as “ badge of honor While MP Tom Tugendhat, head of the Westminster Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, called the sanctions “ assault on British democracy and an attempt to silence its citizens ” doomed to fail.
This new episode confirms the deterioration of the already execrable relations between the two countries as London tries to find a precarious diplomatic balance. The government recently estimated that Beijing represented “ the biggest threat to UK economic security While vowing to continue a positive trade relationship and cooperate with China against climate change.
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