BEIJING — China slapped sanctions on U.K. entities on Friday, announcing that Britain’s sanctions on Chinese language folks over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang contain been primarily based entirely on “lies and disinformation.”
The Ministry of Overseas Affairs imposed sanctions on four U.K. entities and 9 folks that will be prohibited from doing replace with China. Their sources within the country will additionally be frozen, the ministry said.
That’s a step additional than outdated Chinese language sanctions on foreign entities. This week’s sanctions on European Union entities and these on American politicians in January contain been centered on prohibiting lunge to China and doing replace.
The new sanctions on the U.K. primarily target folks involved with human rights, in particular these of the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
The U.S., EU, U.K. and Canada on Monday imposed sanctions on Chinese language officials, the main coordinated action by Western nations since U.S. President Joe Biden took residing of work. The international locations cited human rights abuses within the Xinjiang region of China — accusations Beijing has once more and once more denied.
On Thursday, Swedish garments retailer H&M disappeared from major online browsing sites in China after backlash on Chinese language social media over the brand’s outdated comments over alleged forced labor in Xinjiang. A identical assertion from Nike induced two Chinese language celebrities to lower ties with the U.S. sportswear brand.