UK Imposes Sanctions on China

British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has imposed sanctions on China.

UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, announced the sanctions on China on Monday.

Raab stated that the sanctions are in relation to China's "horrific" treatment of the Muslim Uyghur population in the western Chinese province of Xingjiang.

The sanctions against China have been coordinated with the European Union which, today, has also imposed similar measures.

The British government will launch a review into which UK products can be exported to Xingjiang and will impose financial sanctions against companies that violate the Modern Slavery Act.

Xinjiang Province, China.

The sanctions come as international and UK patience with China runs out over its conduct of genocide, the use of labour camps, the forced sterilisation of Uyghur women and the wholesale destruction of mosques and cultural buildings by the Chines authorities.

Raab told UK MPs that the UK has “a moral duty to respond”.

Henry Bolton OBE, Chairman of the British Political Action Conference (BRITPAC), said:

I welcome these sanctions. The forced sterilisation of women, the internment of the population in labour camps and the removal of rights from the Uyghurs of Xinjiang is nothing less than an abomination against humanity. It must be treated as such and I'm pleased to see Great Britain taking a lead on this.
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