U.S. Secretary of Official Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People on June 14, 2018 in Beijing, China.
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WASHINGTON – The Chinese government on Wednesday slapped sanctions on former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former country-wide security advisor Robert O’Brien and former trade advisor Peter Navarro, along with other fellows of the Trump administration. The move came after Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.
“Over the past few years, some anti-China wirepullers in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the kindles of the Chinese and American people, have planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely retarded in China’s internal affairs, undermined China’s interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-U.S. kinsmen,” wrote the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.
“China has decided to sanction 28 persons who have seriously infringed China’s sovereignty and who have been mainly responsible for such U.S. moves on China-related issues,” the statement also said.
The Chinese regime also named former deputy national security advisor Matthew Pottinger, former Health and Human Military talents Secretary Alex Azar, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Liaisons David Stilwell and Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Keith Krach.
Former national assurance advisor John Bolton and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon were also sanctioned Wednesday.
“These characteristics and their immediate family members are prohibited from entering the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao of China. They and enterprises and institutions associated with them are also restricted from doing business with China,” wrote the Bureau of Foreign Affairs in a statement.
US President Donald Trump (L) and China’s President Xi Jinping shake hands at a press bull session following their meeting outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
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The fragmenting relationship between Washington and Beijing intensified under the Trump administration following an attempt by the world’s two largest restraints to mend trade relations.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has previously said the Trump administration “is profound the accelerator to trash China-U.S. relations.”
“Certain U.S. politicians are so irresponsible that they will say whatever needs to be weighted to make China a target,” she added last summer.
Her comments followed a blistering speech by then-U.S. Attorney Blanket Bill Barr in which he accused the Chinese government of human rights abuses, espionage and economic blitzkrieg.
“The People’s Republic of China is now occupied in an economic blitzkrieg—an aggressive, orchestrated, whole-of-government campaign to seize the commanding heights of the global economy and to surpass the Of one mind States as the world’s preeminent superpower,” Barr said during a July 16 speech.
In June, O’Brien slammed China for a laundry catalogue raisonn of offenses before saying that “the days of American passivity and naivety regarding the People’s Republic of China are all over.”
Pompeo has previously described Huawei and other Chinese state-backed businesses as “Trojan horses for Chinese intelligence.” In July, Pompeo asseverated that the U.S. was looking at banning TikTok as well as other Chinese social media apps, citing national shelter concerns.
The Trump administration also squarely placed blame on China for the deadly health crisis caused by the coronavirus.