China sanctions U.S., Canadian individuals, entity, warns against foreign interference
Updated 22:26, 27-Mar-2021

China's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that it has decided to impose sanctions against certain individuals and entity from the U.S. and Canada.

The sanctions were in response to the two countries' unilateral sanctions on individuals and entity in Xinjiang on March 22 based on rumors and disinformation, said the Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

According to the statement on its website, the sanction list includes Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Gayle Manchin, Vice Chair of the USCIRF Tony Perkins, Member of Parliament of Canada Michael Chong, and the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the House of Commons of Canada. 

The individuals concerned are prohibited from entering the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao of China, and Chinese citizens and institutions are prohibited from doing business with the relevant individuals and having exchanges with the relevant entity, according to the statement.

China's previous sanctions on U.S. individuals who have seriously undermined China's sovereignty and interests on Xinjiang-related issues remain effective, it added.

Relevant parties should stop political manipulation on Xinjiang-related issues, stop interfering in China's internal affairs in any form and refrain from going further down the wrong path, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson warned.

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