China announced, Saturday, the imposition of sanctions on three personalities and one entity from Canada and the United States, in response to the sanctions it imposed earlier this week by these countries for the treatment of the Uyghur minority.
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The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that two members of the US Committee for International Religious Freedom, Gail Mansin and Tony Perkins, as well as Canadian Representative Michael Chung and a Canadian Parliamentary Committee for Human Rights, are banned from entering mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. .
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the United States and Canada impose sanctions “on the basis of rumors and misinformation.”
The ministry noted that sanctioned officials, who are also prohibited from dealing with Chinese citizens and institutions, should “stop political manipulation in cases related to Xinjiang, and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs in any way.”
And the State Department statement warned that “Otherwise, they will burn their fingers.”
On Monday, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada imposed coordinated sanctions against past and current leaders in the Xinjiang region, as Beijing imposed widespread police surveillance for several years, and Beijing responded immediately with sanctions against European and British figures. .
According to studies published by the American and Australian institutes, which were refuted by Beijing, at least one million Uighurs were detained in “camps” in Xinjiang, northwest China, and some of them were subjected to “forced labor”, especially in the cotton fields. . Washington believes that the suppression of this Muslim minority constitutes “genocide.”
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