The Chinese authorities announced on Monday that sanctions would be imposed on several senior US officials in response to measures Washington took against four Chinese leaders for alleged human rights violations in Xinjiang against the Uighurs, an ethnic minority, mostly in this autonomous region.
Asian Giant State Department spokesman Hua Chunying regretted that the attitude of the US government and its politicians “seriously damaged relations between the two countries,” which “should be condemned.”
Hua said the U.S. Religious Freedom Envoy, Sam Brownback, and Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were subject to such sanctions. The Chinese government reminded that “Xinjiang is a purely internal matter in China, so the United States has no right to interfere.”
In this sense, according to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese authorities are determined to “protect their sovereignty and counter terrorism, separatism, and extremist religious forces.”