China's relations with the West worsens, as the sides exchange sanctions over China's treatment of Uyghurs, the national minority residing in Xinjiang, the autonomous region of the People's Republic of China. Deutsche Welle came up with a story on this topic.
"Beijing has said it will sanction several EU officials, including parliamentarians, for "harming" China's sovereignty. The EU, the US, and the UK all slapped sanctions on Beijing for abuses in Xinjiang. China on Monday said it had decided to impose sanctions on 10 European Union citizens, including politicians, for "gross interference" in its internal affairs, and for "flagrantly violating international law," writes the otulet.
Chinese Foregin Ministry stated it would support sanctions against "the individuals and four EU entities for "maliciously spreading lies and false information," as they put it.
Among those facing sanctions are five EU human rights and security committee members, and Adrian Zenz - "a US-based German scholar who has published reports of abuse against minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang".
The Chinese government reported that all the named individuals will be banned from entering the mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao. All business contacts between China and specified affiliated enterprises and R&D institutions will be broken.
Earlier, the Western governments, including USA, UK and the EU imposed sanctions against Beijing for violations of rights of the national minority in Xinjiang.
"US State Secretary Antony Blinken said the two committed "appalling abuses in Xinjiang." He also accused Beijing of committing "genocide and crimes against humanity" in the province and called on china to release "all those arbitrarily held in internment camps and detention facilities," wrote Deutsche Welle.