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China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, others over Xinjiang legislation

Added 07-13-20 07:58:02am EST - “Beijing? said it will? sanction three U.S lawmakers and one ambassador in retaliation for similar actions the Trump administration took against Chinese officials last week over alleged human rights abuses ag” - Thehill.com

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Beijing said it will sanction three U.S lawmakers and one ambassador in retaliation for similar actions the Trump administration took against Chinese officials last week over alleged human rights abuses against China’s minority Uighur population in the western region of Xinjiang. 

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced the “corresponding sanctions” on Monday, Reuters reported. 

Hua said the U.S. move “seriously damaged China-U.S.-relations,” and that Beijing “will respond further according to the development of the situation,” according to The Associated Press. She did not spell out the sanctions beyond saying they would correspond to the ones issued by the U.S., the AP noted. 

The sanctions target Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad GOP Miami mayor does not commit to voting for Trump MORE (R-Fla.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOh, Canada: Should the US emulate Canada's National Health Service? Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott Trump says he'll sign order with 'road to citizenship' for DACA recipients MORE (R-Texas), Rep. Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Republican Rep. Chris Smith easily wins primary in New Jersey NY, NJ lawmakers call for more aid to help fight coronavirus MORE (R-N.J.), Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, according to the news services.

The U.S. officials targeted by China’s sanctions have been critical of Beijing's treatment of the minority Uighur population. Rubio and Cruz have both sponsored legislation that would punish China's actions in Xinjiang, and Smith has been a vocal critic of China on issues ranging from Xinjiang to Hong Kong and the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters notes. 

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