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Chargé d'Affaires a.i. and Minister Yang Xiaoguang Lodged Solemn Representations on the UK's Sanctions against China in the Name of So-called "Human Rights Issues" in Xinjiang

On March 26th, Yang Xiaoguang, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. and Minister of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, met with Nigel Adams, Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK and lodged solemn representations on the UK’s recent announcement to impose unilateral sanctions against China.

Chargé d’Affaires Yang said, the UK side, by imposing unilateral sanctions against the relevant individuals and entities of China based on lies and disinformation and in the name of so-called “human rights issues” in Xinjiang, has blatantly violated international law and the basic norms governing international relations, grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs and gravely undermined China-UK relations. The Chinese side expresses its strong opposition, severe condemnation and firm protest. China remains unwavering in its determination to safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests. The Chinese side has decided to impose sanctions against the relevant individuals and entities of the UK side who have maliciously spread lies and disinformation.

In response to the so-called “concerns” of the UK side over China’s counter measures, Chargé d’Affaires Yang said, China’s counter measures are legitimate, reasonable, proportionate and beyond reproach. The individuals and entities of the UK side in the sanction list were in no way exercising so-called “freedom of speech”. Instead, they were slinging malicious slanders against China, which gravely harmed China’s image, severely infringed upon China’s interests and seriously undermined China-UK relations. Their acts have caused strong indignation among the Chinese people. The Chinese side never stirs up trouble, but we are not afraid of trouble. We hope that the UK side will immediately take effective measures to correct its wrongs and take concrete steps to foster favourable conditions for the healthy development of China-UK relations.

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