Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin called on the United States to immediately withdraw its decision and intervene in its internal affairs.
China has warned the United States that it will “retaliate” against any “impossible” action and has demanded that Washington lift sanctions against individuals and organizations linked to human rights abuses.
The United States on Friday imposed a wide range of human rights sanctions on Chinese individuals and businesses, adding individuals and businesses linked to Myanmar, North Korea and Bangladesh.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin denounced the sanctions as “abnormal.”
“We urge the United States to immediately reverse its wrong decision and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and harming China’s interests.”
Wang told a news conference in Beijing on Monday that “if the United States acts recklessly, China will take effective retaliatory measures.”
The move is the latest in a series of sanctions that coincide with Biden’s two-day Virtual Democracy Summit, an initiative to strengthen democracy around the world and promote pro-democracy legislation in the United States.
On Monday, Wang Wang swore that “Beijing will not make a firm decision to protect national sovereignty, security and development interests.”
He also defended China’s policy toward the Muslim Uighur community in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, saying it was “committed to fighting violence, terrorism, separatism and religious extremism.”
“The wrong actions of the United States will not destroy the overall pattern of Xinjiang’s development, stop China’s progress and reverse the course of historical development.”
Among those targeted by the US Treasury Department’s sanctions, China’s artificial intelligence company SenseTime has been accused of focusing on identifying Uighurs and developing a face recognition program to identify the target’s ethnicity.
“All kinds of arrests” in Xinjiang
UN experts and human rights groups estimate that more than a million people, including Uighurs and members of other Muslim minorities, have been imprisoned in large-scale camps in Xinjiang in recent years.
On Thursday, a British-based informal, independent tribunal convicted the Chinese government of genocide against Uighurs and other minorities, crimes against humanity and torture.
The head of the Uighur court, Sir Jeffrey Nice QC, a well-known human rights lawyer, said the Chinese government was pursuing a policy of forced birth control and infertility to reduce the group’s population.
“If the plan is not approved at the highest level, this huge apparatus of state repression will not exist,” he said.
China denies the violence in Xinjiang, but the US government and many human rights groups say Beijing is committing genocide there.
At the same time, Wang also criticized the recent US-sponsored Democracy Summit, saying Washington could not decide on its own whether to be a democracy.
“The pro-democracy summit has betrayed the true nature of the United States as a defender of democracy and a destroyer of democracy,” Wang said.
Wang Wang called on all countries to work together to solve global problems in order to advance the construction of a society with a common future for mankind.
He also condemned the sanctions against SenseTime, saying the decision was “based on false and misleading information”.
The startup announced on Monday that it was postponing the issuance of $ 767 million worth of securities in Hong Kong after being accused of genocide in Xinjiang and blacklisted by the United States.
Being blacklisted will prevent US investment banks, which are usually registered in Hong Kong, from participating or investing in the offer of US citizenship.