China announced Monday that it will place sanctions on three American lawmakers in retaliation for similar action taken by them against Chinese officials over human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in the country’s Xinjiang region.
U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) were named in the sanctions, as was Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.). Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback was also targeted, as was the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The four men named have been critical of China’s treatment of minorities.
Hua Chunying, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, said the action against the communist nation’s officials had “seriously damaged China-U.S. relations” and that China would maintain its national sovereignty against attempts by outsiders to influence its domestic affairs.
“China will respond further according to the development of the situation,” Hua said. She did not provide additional information about the sanctions other than saying they would correspond to the ones placed on China’s officials. The United States barred four senior Chinese officials from entering the country and from engaging in property transactions with Americans.
These officials include Chen Quanguo, current Communist Party secretary of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, under whose leadership more than one million Muslims have been interned in what China calls de-radicalization and retraining centers.
Critics of the policy compare the centers to concentration camps, where detainees are allegedly held without due process and forced to renounce their religion, language, and culture and pledge allegiance to the Communist Party and its leader, Xi Jinping.
An Associated Press report from last month claimed that in these camps, women are forced to use birth control or undergo involuntary sterilization.
According to AP:
The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands, the interviews and data show. Even while the use of IUDs and sterilization has fallen nationwide, it is rising sharply in Xinjiang.
The population control measures are backed by mass detention both as a threat and as a punishment for failure to comply. Having too many children is a major reason people are sent to detention camps, the AP found, with the parents of three or more ripped away from their families unless they can pay huge fines. Police raid homes, terrifying parents as they search for hidden children.
As for the American officials sanctioned by China, none had plans to travel there at present.
Rubio noted China’s action against him on Twitter.
The Communist Party of #China has banned me from entering the country.
I guess they don’t like me?
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 13, 2020
Tensions between China and the United States have grown under the Trump administration, as President Donald Trump has made it a goal to reverse the loss of American jobs to the East Asian country through the use of tariffs and other hard-ball trade policies. The president has also aimed at cracking down on China’s intellectual property theft and on the flow of narcotics and narcotics ingredients from the communist state to America.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said last week that China poses one of the greatest threats to the United States, as its ruling Communist Party seeks to overturn America’s global dominance and become the worlds’ top superpower “by any means necessary.”
Wray explained that China engages in a number of anti-American subversive activities, from theft to propaganda and surveillance.
“It’s the people of the United States who are the victims of what amounts to Chinese theft on a scale so massive that it represents one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history,” the FBI chief said, adding that “the greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality, is the counterintelligence and economic espionage threat from China. It’s a threat to our economic security — and, by extension, to our national security.”
Concerns over Chinese spying on not only the U.S. government, but on private American citizens, has led the Trump administration to consider a ban on the ever-more-popular social-media video app TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based tech company.
Stating that the app captures users’ personal data, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Americans that they should only used TikTok “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
Australia is also considering prohibiting the app. India already passed a ban last week.
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