China Blacklists 10 European Union Officials

( The Chinese Communist Party seems to be really mad about the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union implementing new sanctions against the extremist regime, responding by slapping sanctions on 10 European Union academics and politicians.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson revealed on Monday how the new EU sanctions, which were implemented in response to China’s ethnic genocide of the Uyghur Muslims, were based on “maliciously spread lies and disinformation.”

Doesn’t the Chinese Communist Party realize that the whole world has seen what goes on in those camps already?

The Uyghur genocide is made up of a series of human rights abuses that include putting Uyghur people in re-education camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. Disturbing footage has been leaked over the years, and both survivors and people familiar with the genocide have told stories of people being starved, beaten, and sexually abused in the camps.

Despite this, the Chinese government insists that implementing the new sanctions “grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs” and even “flagrantly beaches international law.” The spokesperson, however, did not explain how the new sanctions breach international law.

China has sanctioned Members of European Parliament Raphael Glucksmann, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Michael Gahler, Reinhard Butikofer, and Miriam Lexmann, alleging that they “severely harm China’s sovereignty.”

Several Belgian, Lithuanian, and Dutch MPs were also targeted. Everyone on the list will be banned from entering China or doing business in the country.

The new EU sanctions are the first to be implemented since Tiananmen Square.

“This is a very important step which shows how committed we are,” the Slovakian Foreign minister Ivan Korcok said in a statement.

The sanctions appear to have widespread support in Europe, too.

“As long as human rights are being violated, I cannot stay silent. These sanctions prove that China is sensitive to pressure. Let this be an encouragement to all my European colleagues: Speak out!” Dutch legislator Sjoerd Sjoerdsma said online.

The sanctions are largely symbolic, having very little impact on China’s overall relationship with Europe, trading or otherwise, Likewise, China’s sanctions against European officials are more of a warning than a meaningful change.

While every one of the 27 EU governments agreed to the sanctions, only Hungary’s Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto, said they were “pointless” and “harmful.”