China has banned 28 US officials from entering the country (Picture: Getty Images)
China has sanctioned 28 US officials including Trump’s secretary of state Mike Pompeo for ‘violating’ its sovereignty.
The Chinese Government has said Pompeo along with Robert O’Brien, Peter Navarro, John Bolton, Stephen Bannon are forbidden from setting foot in China or doing business with the country.
It comes after Pompeo said China has committed genocide in its repression of the Uighurs and other mainly Muslim peoples yesterday.
‘I believe this genocide is ongoing and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uighurs by the Chinese party-state’, said Pompeo in a statement yesterday.
Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo pcitured with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on June 14, 2018 (Picture: Getty Images/AFP)
He also accused China of crimes against humanity on his final full day in office. Pompeo references the sterilisation and torture of some of ‘more than a million’ people he claims were detained under the direction of the Chinese Communist party.
China’s foreign ministry slammed former secretary of state Pompeo’s ‘crazy actions that have gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs’.
In a statement released on its website the Chinese authorities have accused ‘anti-China politicians’ of ‘seriously disrupting US-China relations’.
The statement reads: ‘China has decided to sanction 28 persons who have seriously violated China’s sovereignty and who have been mainly responsible for such US moves of China-related issues.
‘They include Michael Pompeo, Peter Navarro, Robert O’Brien, David Stillwell, Matthew Pottinger, Alex Azar, Keith Krach and Kelly Craft of the Trump administration as well as John Bolton and Stephen Bannon.
‘These individuals and their immediate family members are prohibited from entering the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao of China.
‘They and companies and institutions associated with them are also restricted from doing business with China.’
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