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3/22, 1:57 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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EU sanctions China over human rights for first time since 1989

The European Council announced on Monday it imposed sanctions against four Chinese officials and one entity over alleged human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region.

The European Union thus introduced sanctions against the People's Republic for the first time over the matter since it imposed an arms embargo in 1989 following the Tiananmen Square incident. The sanctioned officials are former and current high-ranking members of the Chinese Communist Party in Xinjiang. However, local party leader Chen Quanguo's name was not on the sanctions list.

In addition, seven people and three entities in total from North Korea, Libya, Russia, South Sudan and Eritrea have also been sanctioned by the bloc over "serious human rights violations and abuses."

Breaking the News / MS