China Sanctions Sens. Cruz, Rubio in Retaliation for Sanctions

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China on Monday announced sanctions against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), and U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback after getting hit by sanctions from the United States.

China announced the sanctions after the U.S. last week took action against Chinese officials involved in abuses against Muslims in the Xinjiang region. “The Communist Party of China has banned me from entering the country,” Rubio wrote in a message on Twitter announcing the sanctions. “I guess they don’t like me?”

The Associated Press indicated China “did not spell out the sanctions beyond saying they would correspond to the American ones,” which prohibited four senior Chinese officials
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