Minutes after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, the Chinese government announced that has issued sanctions against an array of former top officials who served in Donald Trump’s Cabinet.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement:
Over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interests of the Chinese and American people, have planned, promoted, and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs, undermined China’s interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-US relations. The Chinese government is firmly resolved to defend China’s national sovereignty, security and development interests. China has decided to sanction 28 persons who have seriously violated China’s sovereignty and who have been mainly responsible for such U.S. moves on China-related issues.
The list includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House economic adviser Peter Navarro, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, the top diplomat for East Asia David Stilwell, Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth Keith Krach, Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, National Security Advisor John Bolton, and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
“These individuals and their immediate family members are prohibited from entering the mainland, Hong Kong, and Macao of China,” the statement read. “They and companies and institutions associated with them are also restricted from doing business with China.”
Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, was particularly harsh on Pompeo. Earlier in the day, she referred to Pompeo as a “doomsday clown” whose allegations of genocide and crimes against humanity were “a piece of wastepaper.”
“After careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that since at least March 2017, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has committed crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” Pompeo said in a statement on Tuesday.
Chunying remarked to reporters that Pompeo is “notorious for lying and deceiving” and that he became the “joke of the century with his last madness and lies of the century.”
Incoming Secretary of State Antony Blinken, meanwhile, has said that he agrees with Pompeo’s assessment.
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