China’s Foreign Ministry said the sanctioned US citizens show no respect for the interests of the Chinese and American people.
China has imposed sanctions on 28 people in the United States, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for “crazy actions that have seriously interfered with China’s internal affairs.”
A statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry came as Joe Biden was sworn in as the new US president on Wednesday, ending Donald Trump’s reign during which bilateral relations between the two world powers suffered.
Those sanctioned also include Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, Assistant Secretary for East Asia and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell, Health Secretary Alex Azar, the statement said. and UN envoy Kelly Craft.
Beijing has also sanctioned former Trump national security adviser John Bolton and former adviser Stephen Bannon.
The ministry said that sanctioned American citizens, due to their selfish political interests, prejudice and hatred against China, show no respect for the interests of the Chinese and American people.
“These people and their immediate family members are prohibited from entering mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau,” he said. “They, and the companies and institutions associated with them, are also prohibited from doing business with China.”
Message from China to Biden
Relations between the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, have plunged to their lowest level in decades, with disagreements over issues such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, human rights, the coronavirus pandemic, the South China Sea, trade and espionage.
Last year, China imposed sanctions on 11 US citizens, including Republican Party lawmakers, in response to Washington’s sanctions against Hong Kong and Chinese officials accused of restricting political freedom in the former British colony.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying called on the new US administration to put bilateral relations back on track.
“The serious damage to Sino-US relations over the past four years has been caused precisely because the Trump administration has made fundamental mistakes in its strategic perception of China,” Hua said.
She added that the Trump administration “views China as its greatest strategic competitor, or enemy, leading to various means of interfering in China’s internal affairs and all efforts to suppress, slander and smear China.” .
“I believe that the new administration should serve the wishes of the people, see China in a rational and objective light, and work with China on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit to restore China-China relations. Americans on the path to healthy and stable development as soon as possible, ”Hua said.