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U.S. slams Chinese sanctions

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Blinken calls the retaliatory measures on U.S. officers baseless.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned on Saturday that China’s tit-for-tat sanctions in opposition to two Americans within the rising dispute over Beijing’s therapy of Uighurs had been “baseless” and would solely shine a harsh highlight on the “genocide” in Xinjiang.

“Beijing’s attempts to intimidate and silence those speaking out for human rights and fundamental freedoms only contribute to the growing international scrutiny of the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” Mr. Blinken mentioned in a press release.

He spoke out after China introduced sanctions in opposition to two Americans, a Canadian and a rights advocacy physique, in response to sanctions imposed this week by the 2 nations over Beijing’s therapy of the Uighur minority.

Mr. Blinken referred to as the sanctions on the 2 members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom “baseless.”

At least a million Uyghurs and folks from different largely Muslim teams have been held in camps in China’s Xinjiang area, in accordance with rights teams, who accuse authorities of forcibly sterilizing ladies and imposing pressured labour.

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