China sanctions Canadians, including Conservative member of Parliament Michael Chong

On Saturday, March 27, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced new sanctions on individuals and entities in Canada and the United States.

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The sanctions include banning Canadian MP Michael Chong from entering China and prohibit any Chinese citizen from doing business with him. China also targeted the federal subcommittee MP Chong is part of with sanctions. 

The subcommittee on international human rights is studying the situation happening in the Xinjiang region with the Uyghur and Turkic Muslims. 

Chinese officials with the People’s Republican of China said the sanctions were in response to the Canadian levied sanctions on March 22 against Chinese officials regarding the human rights abuses taking place in the Xinjiang region. 

“The Chinese government is firmly determined to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests, and urges the relevant parties to clearly understand the situation and redress their mistakes,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

“They must stop political manipulation on Xinjiang-related issues, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs in any form and refrain from going further down the wrong path. Otherwise, they will get their fingers burnt.”

In response to the sanctions, MP Chong wrote on Twitter, “Today’s sanctions on MPs by China are attempt to silence free speech and debate in the heart of our democracy: Parliament.”

Chong added that he wears the sanctions as “a badge of honour.”

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau said that sanctions “are an attack on transparency and freedom of expression – values at the heart of our democracy.”

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