Three US lawmakers and other officials were sanctioned.
BEIJING-China has imposed sanctions on American officials, including two senators, in response to Washington’s sanctions on senior Chinese officials. The reason for the latter was Beijing’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reported: “similar sanctions” against senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, Congressman Chris Smith, special representative for religious freedom Sam Brownback and the joint congressional-Executive Committee on China.
The Commission monitors human rights and the rule of law in China and submits an annual report to President Donald Trump and Congress.
“The US actions represent serious interference in China’s internal Affairs, seriously violate the basic norms of international relations and cause serious damage to Sino-American relations,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told reporters at a daily briefing.
“China will take further retaliatory measures depending on the development of the situation,” she added.
Hua Chunying did not specify what the sanctions regime implies. Still, Washington’s measures against Chinese officials, including the Secretary of the Communist party’s regional office in restive Xinjiang, include freezing their assets in the United States and banning them from entering. Also, Americans are prohibited from doing business with them.
UN experts and activists say that at least a million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are being held in detention centers in Xinjiang. China describes them as training centers that help root out terrorism and extremism, as well as give people new skills.