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China sanctions 10 Europeans including parliamentarians

March 23, 2021

BEIJING: China on Monday announced sanctions on 10 Europeans including politicians and scholars, as well as four entities, in retaliation against the EU’s approval of measures over Beijing’s crackdown on the Uighur minority. "This move, based on nothing but lies and disinformation, disregards and distorts facts," said China’s foreign ministry in a statement, adding that it was a gross interference in its internal affairs.

The 10 individuals include Reinhard Butikofer, head of the European parliament’s delegation on China, and German researcher Adrian Zenz, whose reports on the treatment of Uighurs in China’s western Xinjiang region has drawn fiery rebukes from Beijing.