Beijing sanctions 28 people – including ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. They would have “violated Chinese sovereignty”.
Immediately after the end of US President Donald Trump’s term in office, China imposed sanctions on senior officials in its administration. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spoke on Wednesday of 28 individuals who had “violated Chinese sovereignty” and were therefore subject to sanctions, including the outgoing Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry named Trump’s trade advisor Peter Navarro, security advisor Robert O’Brien, the US diplomat responsible for East Asia, David Stilwell, Trump’s health minister Alex Azar and UN ambassador Kelly Craft. The Chinese government also imposed sanctions on former national security adviser John Bolton and Trump’s far-right former chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Relations between China and the US have been strained by a variety of conflict issues during Trump’s four-year term. In addition to trade policy, they included different views on the origin of the corona pandemic, the massive Chinese interference in Hong Kong’s autonomous status and Beijing’s claims to territory in the South China Sea. On Tuesday, Pompeo China officially accused China of “genocide” against the Muslim Uyghur minority.