On Monday, the United States, the European Union, Canada, and Britain has imposed fresh sanctions on the officials of China because of their crackdown on Muslim minorities in general and the Uyghurs in particular. Beijing has responded immediately as they have hit out at the Europeans with immediate tit-for-tat measures.
London, Brussels, and Ottawa have blacklisted the current and former officials in the Xinjiang region. They are Wang Junzheng, Zhu Hailun, Chen Mingguo and Wang Mingshan. They have been charged with alleged abuses that have sparked international outrage.
It was a coordinated strike that has targeted the state-run Construction Corps and Xinjiang Production.
In July 2020, Washington has already sanctioned two of these officials and on Monday, the other two have been added to the list.
The foreign ministry of Britain has said that by acting together they have sent a clear possible signal that the international community is very much united and they have condemned China on violation of human rights in Xinjiang and they have also spoken about the need for Beijing to end its oppressive and discriminatory practices in the region.
Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State has said that China has continued to the crime against humanity and commit genocide in Xinjiang and they have called upon Beijing to put an end to the repression of the Uyghur.
Marc Garneau, the Canadian Foreign Minister has said that the sanctions have emphasized grave concerns with the human rights violation that is going on in Xinjiang.
It is a very symbolic move for the first time by London and Brussels as they are increasingly at odds with each other in other matters since the Brexit. They have targeted China over the accusations of forced labor and widespread abuses in Xinjiang.
They have last hit Beijing over breaches of human rights as an arms embargo was imposed over them in 1989 after the crackdown in Tiananmen Square.
The EU measures have been blasted by Beijing as they have immediately hit back with stern measures and they have announced the entry bans on 10 Europeans that also includes five members from the European Parliament as well as two think-tanks and two European bodies.
The foreign ministry of China has said that the move by the EU has interfered grossly with the internal affairs of China. This has severely undermined the relations between the EU and China.
The retaliation strikes have drawn condemnation from the political spectrum as part of the European
Josep Borell, the foreign policy chief of the EU has said that China has turned a blind eye and the measures taken are unacceptable and regrettable. He has said this after a meeting with foreign ministers.
Reinhard Butikofer has been targeted by the sanctions and said that the response by China is ridiculous and brazen.
He also pointed out a Chinese proverb that said the stone that they have lifted will fall on their own feet.