(AmericanPoliticalDaily)- The Communist Party of China, enraged by actions taken in the final days of the Trump administration, has slapped a series of sanctions on individuals who served in the former president’s cabinet.
Only minutes after President Joe Biden was sworn into office on Wednesday, China imposed sanctions on over two dozen former officials from the Trump administration and issued a statement explaining why. Among those was Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State, who in recent months implemented a sweeping set of new rules that make it harder for China to take advantage of the United States.
Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro and national security advisor Robert O’Brien were also included.
The Chinese foreign ministry called the president’s cabinet “selfish” in a propaganda-laden statement.
“Over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interests of the Chinese and American people, have planned, promoted, and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs, undermined China’s interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-U.S. relations,” the statement said.
Crazy, not so much. Undermined China’s interests? Absolutely.
The sanctions are largely symbolic and won’t affect the Trump admin officials unless they are trying to enter China, but signify Beijing’s preference of the Biden administration.
Having previously worked with Joe Biden during his time as vice president, the Chinese government knows that the Democrat and his allies consider trade with the communist nation more favorable.
President Donald Trump cut off trade with China in many key ways and implemented rules that ensure the United States manufactures important supplies, including drugs and medical equipment, in the United States. Under Joe Biden, it is unclear whether those rules will stay in place or China will once again take the reins.
Other Trump administration officials included in the sanctions list include top diplomat for Asia David Stilwell, United Nations ambassador Kelly Craft, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. John Bolton, former Trump national security adviser, along with political strategist Steve Bannon were also included in the sanctions.