China Bans Entry To 4 U.S. Religious Freedom Advisors In Retort To Xinjiang Sanctions

China Bans Entry To 4 U.S. Religious Freedom Advisors In Retort To Xinjiang Sanctions

Andrew H. Sweet

A foreign ministry spokesman said China would bar from entering U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) chairwoman Nadine Maenza, vice chairman Nury Turkel and commissioners Anurima Bhargava and James W. Carr.  China would freeze their assets.

The U.S. imposed sanctions on Dec. 10 on Chinese officials linked to human rights abuses in Xinjiang, where Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities are subjected to mass incarceration, invasive surveillance, and forced labor.

On Monday, the State Department also sanctioned five officials in China's Hong Kong liaison office in connection with recent changes to election rules in the city, meaning only candidates pre-approved by Beijing may stand.

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