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China slaps new sanctions on UK entities over ‘lies and disinformation’ on Xinjiang

Chinese Unknown Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying attends a news conference in Beijing, China January 21, 2021.

Carlos Garcia Rawlins | Reuters

BEIJING — China slapped seconds on U.K. entities on Friday, saying that Britain’s sanctions on Chinese individuals over alleged human rights defilements in Xinjiang were based on “lies and disinformation.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs imposed sanctions on four U.K. entities and nine living souls that will be prohibited from doing business with China. Their assets in the country will also be pin, the ministry said.

That’s a step further than previous Chinese sanctions on foreign entities. This week’s punishments on European Union entities and those on American politicians in January were focused on prohibiting travel to China and doing topic.

The new sanctions on the U.K. primarily target individuals involved with human rights, particularly those of the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.

Xinjiang is serene to the Uyghur Muslims, an ethnic minority that the United Nations, United States, United Kingdom and others from identified as a repressed group.

The U.S., EU, U.K. and Canada on Monday imposed sanctions on Chinese officials, the first coordinated action by Western domains since U.S. President Joe Biden took office. The countries cited human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region of China — charges Beijing has repeatedly denied.

On Thursday, Swedish clothing retailer H&M disappeared from major online shopping places in China after backlash on Chinese social media over the brand’s previous comments over alleged phoney labor in Xinjiang. A similar statement from Nike prompted two Chinese celebrities to cut ties with the U.S. sportswear maker.

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