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Beijing (Reuters) - China on Monday announced sanctions against US officials, including two senators, in retaliation for US measures against Chinese leaders due to the plight of the Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang.
The United States, which accuses China of human rights violations against Uighurs, on Thursday sanctioned four Chinese officials, including Chen Quanguo, secretary of the Communist Party in Xinjiang, and the Public Security Bureau of this autonomous territory of northwest China.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying unveiled on Monday what she called "corresponding sanctions" against senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, the representative Chris Smith, the ambassador for international religious freedom Sam Brownback and the Congress Executive Commission on China.
This commission is composed of nine senators, nine representatives and five personalities designated by the President of the United States. Established in 2000 by Congress, it is responsible for monitoring the situation of human rights and the rule of law in China and for presenting an annual report.
"The US sanctions constitute a serious interference in the internal affairs of China, a serious violation of basic standards of international relations and a serious damage to Sino-American relations," said Hua Chunying.
"China will continue to react according to the development of the situation," she added.
She did not specify the nature of the sanctions announced on Monday.
The measures taken by Washington relate to an asset freeze in the United States, a ban on entry into the United States and a ban on Americans entering into commercial relations with the sanctioned persons or entities.
UN experts and human rights defenders claim that at least one million Uyghurs and other ethnic Muslims are in detention centers in Xinjiang. China calls these facilities training centers to fight terrorism and extremism.
(Yew Lun Tian; French version Bertrand Boucey)
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Senior administration officials had been pushing for the sanctions for months but had been stymied by President Donald Trump, who Chen is the highest-ranking person to be hit with this kind of sanction in China , according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.
"For far too long, Chinese officials have not been held accountable for committing atrocities that likely constitute crimes against humanity," Rubio said. Renee Xia, director of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, welcomed the sanctions but also described them as overdue.
A senior administration official who briefed reporters after the announcements described Chen as the highest ranking Chinese official ever sanctioned by the The main exile group the World Uyghur Congress welcomed the move and called for the European Union and other countries to follow suit.
The US government has announced sanctions on Chinese officials it deems responsible for human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in the country's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region (XUAR), pressuring Beijing further on one of many issues that have roiled the bilateral relationship.
"The United States must hold accountable officials in the Chinese government and Communist Party responsible for gross violations of human rights and possible crimes against humanity, including the internment in 'political reeducation' camps of as many as a million Uyghur and other predominantly