EU, China impose tit-for-tat sanctions


Brussels: The EU imposed sanctions on four Chinese officials, including a top security director, for human rights abuses in Xinjiang, to which Beijing responded by blacklisting Europeans in a rare escalation of diplomatic tensions. The EU has sought to avoid confrontation with Beijing, but a decision to impose the first significant sanctions since an EU arms embargo in 1989 has inflamed tensions. Accused of mass detentions of Muslim Uighurs in China, those targeted by EU include Chen Mingguo, director, Xinjiang Public Security Bureau. Reuters

11 Myanmar officials targeted over coup

Brussels: The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on 11 officials in Myanmar, mostly top military officers, accused of involvement in last month’s coup and the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters that followed. Ten of the 11 targeted with asset freezes and travel bans are senior members of the Myanmar Armed Forces, including Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, and Deputy-Commander-in-Chief Soe Win, EU headquarters said. The other heads the election commission and is accused over his role in cancelling last year’s polls. AP



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