• By The Financial District


China’s foreign ministry said it would apply sanctions against US officials including Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio starting Monday, in response to Washington’s move on Friday to impose sanctions on 11 Hong Kong and Chinese officials whom it accused of curtailing political freedoms in the city.

Last month, China had already announced sanctions against Cruz, Rubio and other US officials after Washington penalized senior Chinese officials over the treatment of Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang region.

Beijing has forcefully denied human rights abuses in Xinjiang, where majority of the people are Turkic and do not share any affinity to the Han majority, which comprises 90% of the entire population of China, reported Yew Lun Tian for Reuters late on August 10, 2020.

China has said it is engaged in fighting terrorism in Xinjiang, where Chinese police, security officers and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have been accused of holding more than 1-million people in reeducation and labor camps, banning the reading of the Quran and sterilizing members of the minority.