In the wake of the Biden-Harris inauguration, the CCP has taken the decision to place numerous sanctions on several former Trump officials, including the former Secretary of State; Mike Pompeo, after 4 years of the Trump Administration taking a tough stance on the Chinese state.
What are these sanctions?
China has imposed numerous sanctions on 28 Trump officials, the biggest names to receive a sanction include Mike Pompeo, Steve Bannon, and John Bolton, among others.
The Chinese state has barred these officials from entering any Chinese territory for tourism or work-related travel.
They have also barred these individuals and any organizations related to them from conducting business in China, Hong Kong, and Macao of China.
The sanctions also include a travel ban for anyone related to those named on the list, barring them from also entering the country.
The Chinese government stated that the barring of these officials and their families from China ensures that the nation is able to defend its national sovereignty, citing that these officials were responsible for violating that sovereignty and worsening US-China relations.
Why have these sanctions come into force?
One thing the Trump Administration deserves praise for is their attitude to foreign policy.
Trump’s officials orchestrated numerous peace deals in the Middle East, whilst simultaneously standing up to, but also showing respect to North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un, almost eliminating the nuclear threat.
However, a consistent problem that the Trump Administration had to deal with was the actions of China.
If the trade war with China is completely disregarded, then the last year alone of US-China issues has been jam-packed with evidence as to why the Trump Administration got tough on China, and why the Biden Administration will probably fail in that arena.
President Trump blamed China for the Covid-19 pandemic, as the Chinese failed to alert the WHO as to what was occurring in the city of Wuhan, allowing the virus to spread around the world.
The Chinese state also stands accused of silencing multiple scientists, doctors, and journalists, who attempted to break the news about the Wuhan situation.
The last year has also shone more evidence on the inhumane conditions of China’s “interment camps” for their Uighur Muslim population, which saw 1.5million Muslims interned and treated horrifically.
The day before China announced these sanctions, outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took to Twitter to label China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities as “genocide”, which may have prompted China to impose these sanctions sooner rather than later.
China labeled the comments and actions of Pompeo and others as a “promotion of crazy moves that gravely interfered with China’s internal affairs, undermined China’s interests and deeply offended the Chinese people”.
Mike Pompeo’s assessment of the situation is also shared by President Biden’s new Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who many hope will take a similar stance when it comes to foreign relations with China.