Wrong for China to sanction UK individuals: British minister

FILE PHOTO: Britains' weekly government cabinet meeting held at FCO, in London
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick arrives to attend a Cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

March 26, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) – British housing minister Robert Jenrick said it was wrong for China to have sanctioned UK individuals and entities over what Beijing called “lies and disinformation” about Xinjiang.

“I think it was completely wrong for China to place these restrictions on members of our parliament,” Jenrick told Times Radio on Friday.

“Knowing those MPs, I doubt that they will be silenced or intimidated by this action.”

Earlier in the week, Britain had imposed sanctions for human rights abuses in the western Chinese region.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)