China Slaps Sanctions Against Outgoing U.S. Officials After Biden Assumes Office

The Chinese government issued sanctions against 28 outgoing U.S. senior officials who had served under the Trump administration, accusing them of “lying and cheating”, as well as instigating “prejudice and hatred against China.”

The Chinese government issued sanctions against 28 outgoing U.S. senior officials who had served under the Trump administration, accusing them of “lying and cheating”, as well as “prejudice and hatred against China.”

Among the high-ranking officials who would face sanctions include:

  • former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, 
  • former Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger, 
  • former National Security Advisor John Bolton, 
  • assistant to the president Peter Navarro, and 
  • former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

According to China, other outgoing officials were also included on the blacklist after leaving negative comments regarding the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) or the coronavirus outbreak, such as former Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

In a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the sanctions are imposed because the former Trump administration officials “have seriously violated China’s sovereignty,” adding that they “have been mainly responsible for such U.S. moves on China-related issues.”

“Over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interests of the Chinese and American people, have planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs, undermined China’s interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-U.S. relations,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Chinese government’s bold move aims to prohibit the named officials and their immediate family members from visiting mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao. They are also banned from conducting any business transactions with China.

Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry stressed that the Trump administration committed many “fundamental mistakes” during the past four years of governing the U.S., resulting in “serious damage” to the bilateral relationships of the two powerful nations.


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