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China calls on U.S. to lift new sanctions

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 12:05 PM PST – Tue. October 8, 2019

China demands the U.S. lift recently imposed sanctions on tech companies and to stop interfering in its internal affairs.

The country’s foreign ministry spokesperson criticized Washington Tuesday, over its decision to restrain sales of U.S. tech products to Chinese companies.

The U.S. announced the measure on Monday in an effort to target technology, which is reportedly being used for repressing Muslim minorities.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at a dinner marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Xi on Monday renewed his government’s commitment to allowing Hong Kong to manage its own affairs amid continuing anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Beijing denied accusations during a Chinese Foreign Ministry news conference.

“There is no such thing as the so-called human rights issue that the U.S. side claimed,” said Geng Shuang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson “The accusation is nothing but an excuse deliberately created by the U.S. in order to interfere in China’s internal affairs.”

The Chinese official went on to say its envoys will go ahead with their trip to D.C. this week to participate in talks aimed at ending the trade war.

China reportedly has low expectations for those trade talks with the possibility that the delegation could cut their trip short, leaving Friday instead of Saturday.

The vice premier will lead the Chinese delegation, but has not been given the title of special envoy for this trip.

Sources said the move shows President Xi Jinping has likely not given him any special instructions for the meetings.

The U.S. blacklisted 28 Chinese companies over human rights abuses Monday, ramping up tensions just ahead of trade talks.

The two countries also remain at odds over what caused trade talks to fall apart in May.

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