- Title: China to reciprocate for U.S. sanctions against Chinese over Uighur rights
- Date: 10th July 2020
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (JULY 10, 2020) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ZHAO LIJIAN ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ZHAO LIJIAN, SAYING: "The U.S. action is a serious interference in China's internal affairs, and severely violating the basic norms governing international relations. It is deeply detrimental to the bilateral relations. We firmly oppose this and strongly condemn it. In response to the erroneous action by the U.S., China has decided to impose reciprocal measures on relevant U.S. organisations and individuals with egregious behaviours on Xinjiang issues." MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ZHAO LIJIAN, SAYING: "We urge the U.S. to withdraw this wrong decision, and stop interfering in Chinese affairs and harming China's interests. If the U.S. insists on acting in this direction, China will take countermeasures." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 24th July 2020 09:35
- Keywords: China Chinese officials Muslim minority U.S. sanctions Uighur rights foreign ministry briefing human rights
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001CM86REV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: China said on Friday (July 10) it will impose reciprocal measures in response to U.S. sanctions on Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority.
The U.S. action marked a serious interference in China's affairs and was deeply detrimental to bilateral relations, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.
The United States on Thursday (July 9) imposed sanctions on Xinjiang region's Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, a member of China's powerful Politburo, and three other officials.
The sanctions were imposed under the Global Magnitsky Act, which allows the U.S. government to target human rights violators worldwide by freezing any U.S. assets, banning U.S. travel and prohibiting Americans from doing business with them.
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