[Mayflower Analysis] Sanction War Over Xinjiang: CCP VS U.S. Gov.

Mayflower Writer Team | Reporter: Amy Q | Editor & Publish: Jamie      

On January 19, just one day before the power was transferred to the new administration, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo determined that “genocide and crimes against humanity” had been perpetrated by China against the Uyghurs.

This statement provoked CCP’s strong reaction. On January 20 in Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson announced sanctions on Pompeo along with 27 other Americans. Compared with the sanctions CCP placed before, this sanction announcement was “written” and published in black and white:

However, according to this announcement, the Chinese government didn’t prohibit the sanctioned individuals or their immediate family members from entering Taiwan. What’s more, the Foreign Ministry claimed that it “decided to sanction 28 persons,” but in this announcement, only 10 names were included. Until now, we still don’t know who are the rest of the 18 persons to be sanctioned.

Eight of the 10 mentioned targets were still in the office under the Trump administration when the sanctions were announced, although their government posts were not introduced along with their names. The other two were Steve Bannon and John Bolton, who also had close connections with Trump.

Both Bannon and Bolton had left the office long before Trump left the White House. Steve Bannon only served as the White House’s chief strategist from January 20 to August 18 in 2017. And John Bolton served as the National Security Advisor from April 9, 2018 and left his position on September 10, 2019. It’s also known to all that, Bolton didn’t positively picture Trump in his book The Room Where It Happened published in June 2020. Interestingly, John Bolton is the only one of all “28 sanctioned Americans” that responded to the sanctions:

Similar to the sanctions imposed on the 11 Americans last time, the Chinese government didn’t explain how these 28 people are related to the Xinjiang matters. The Foreign Ministry also didn’t quote any laws to impose the sanctions, at least they didn’t cite any in the announcement. Their responses to the U.S. diplomatic policies to China, however, were speedy as usual.

As a matter of fact, U.S. had declared its stance towards Xinjiang issues long ago. Early on June 17, 2020, then President Donald Trump signed the “Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020” into law, in order to impose sanctions on “certain foreign persons.”

Soon on July 9, 2020, Sectary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions and Visa restrictions on four Chinese officials in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

All four Xinjiang officials answered that they and their families don’t own any property in the U.S. or have any intention to go there. They also felt proud and honored about being sanctioned, and described the sanctions as a farce. They even advised the U.S. not to “go against conscience or make any trouble about nothing,” according to Guancha.cn, a CCP-based media website. But since there isn’t much information about the four officials, especially their asset information, it’s hard to know if their lives wouldn’t be influenced by the sanctions as they claimed.

The official response, on the other hand, wouldn’t be that “mild.” Again, the Chinese Foreign Ministry responded within a week. Based on CNN’s report on July 13, 2020, Beijing has announced sanctions against United States officials, in retaliation for sanctions that were put on four Xinjiang officials. Some of the U.S. officials were sanctioned again in August over Hong Kong affairs.


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