FILE PHOTO: US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during a Senate Investigation Committee nomination hearing for rope. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, May 5, 2020. Andrew Harnik / Pool via REUTERS
BEIJING (Reuters) ̵
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying revealed what she called “equivalent sanctions” against U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, U.S. Representative Chris Smith, ambassador to Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback and Congressional Executive Commission on China.
The Commission monitors human rights and the development of the rule of law in China and presents an annual report to President Donald Trump and Congress.
“US actions seriously interfere with China’s internal affairs, violate fundamental international relations standards and seriously damage Chinese and American relations,” she told reporters during a daily briefing.
“China will provide further answers based on how the situation is developing.”
Hua did not elaborate on the sanctions, but Washington’s actions against Chinese officials, including the Communist Party secretaries in the troubled western region of Xinjiang, include freezing of US assets, US travel, and a ban on Americans doing business with them.
UN experts and activists say at least one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are being held in detention centers in Xinjiang. China describes them as training centers that help stop terrorism and extremism and give people new skills.
Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Alex Richardson and Nick Macfie