Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio among US officials sanctioned by China

China has sanctioned US Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, its foreign ministry announced Monday.

Rubio (R-Fla.) and Cruz (R-Tx.), two staunch China critics, were listed alongside Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Sam Brownback, Donald Trump’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying in her announcement of the sanctions.

Hua said the sanctions would go into effect on Monday, though she did not go into detail about what they would entail. All four will be banned from traveling to the Communist country.

The spokeswoman said this move is retaliation for actions taken by the US to punish Beijing for its treatment of Uighur Muslims, a minority ethnic group being forcibly detained in concentration camps in China.

Hua argued that efforts by the US and those four actors “seriously damaged China-U.S. relations.”

Senators Rubio and Cruz didn’t immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.

With Post wires

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