The tit-for-tat move comes after Washington placed similar restrictions on Chinese officials, citing “human rights abuses”
China will restrict the visas of a variety of US officials to respond to Washington’s earlier, similar measures regarding human rights violations.
The Chinese side agreed to place visa restrictions in retaliation against certain US officials for spreading lies about human rights. They also imposed sanctions on China. stated Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Thursday. Wang confirmed that Wang made the announcement. “to protect the sovereignty, security and development interests of the PRC.
“A spokesperson claimed that the US used human rights issues as a pretext to interfere in China’s internal affairs and discredit Beijing. They also put pressure on Chinese officials. Wang claimed that such acts are an egregious violation of international law principles and international relations.
China’s foreign ministry has so far not confirmed which exact officials will fall under these new restrictions, but the spokesperson said that those who invented the “lies” surrounding the issue of human rights and harmed China’s national interests already know who they are themselves.
After the US State Department placed visa restrictions for Chinese officials Washington claimed were responsible for harassing and inciting human rights activists and dissidents around the globe, the announcement was made.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken cited the alleged “genocide” of Uighur muslims and repression of dissidents in Hong Kong and Tibet, saying the US “rejects efforts by [People’s Republic of China]”Police to harass, intimidate and surveil members of ethnic or religious minorities groups. This includes those who seek safety in the United States and citizens of the USA who speak up on behalf of vulnerable populations.
The US urged China to “end its ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, repressive policies in Tibet, crackdown on fundamental freedoms in Kong Kong,” Other abuses may also be committed elsewhere.
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