China has decided to retaliate against US sanctions for its treatment of minorities. In particular, Beijing has placed sanctions on Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). Other politicians targeted for sanctions include Republicans Samuel Brownback and Chris Smith. They have been putting pressure on President Trump to address China’s mass detention camps of Uighur Muslims.
China also imposed Chinese sanctions on the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a group of senators and officials who monitor human rights in China.
“The US practice severely interferes in China’s internal affairs, violates basic norms governing international relations and damages China-US relations. China firmly opposes and strongly condemns this,” said Chinese spokesperson Hua Chunying. She continued, “It must be stressed that Xinjiang affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. The US has no right and no cause to interfere in them.”
In response, Rubio and Cruz went to Twitter to mock the decision. Rubio tweeted: “The Communist Party of #China has banned me from entering the country. I guess they don’t like me?” But it was Cruz who got the best of them with his tweet: “Bummer. I was going to take my family to Beijing for summer vacation, right after visiting Tehran.”
According to the UN, at least one million ethnic Uighur’s are held in re-education facilities resembling a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy.”