Leading GOP congressional members have urged President Joe Biden to respond to sanctions imposed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on former Trump administration officials, according to the South China Morning Post.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) expressed via Twitter on Thursday Jan. 21, that the sanction imposed on 28 national security officials was testing the Biden administration’s “resolve to continue a tougher, competitive approach toward China.”
“Together, Republicans & Democrats must show Beijing we will not be deterred from defending U.S. interests,” Risch added.
The CCP’s sanctions on U.S. officials were announced on Jan. 20, the day Biden took office as president.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry accused the officials of implementing “a series of crazy moves” that interfered with communist China’s internal affairs.
House Foreign Affairs Committee leader Rep. Michael McCaul, (R-Texas), wrote on Twitter that the CCP’s sanctions were “a brazen & baseless attempt to silence & intimidate officials that hold the #CCP accountable for genocide & its takeover of Hong Kong.”
According to the South China Morning Post, 10 of the officials sanctioned by the CCP were part of Donald Trump’s administration, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, trade adviser Peter Navarro, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Secretary of Health Alex Azar, and Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the CCP hopes “the new U.S. administration will view China-China-U.S. relations objectively and rationally.”
The CCP implemented the move after former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that the CCP’s crackdown in the western region of Xinjiang against Uighurs and members of some other ethnic minorities represented a “genocide and crimes” in progress.
The past administration of Donald Trump imposed several sanctions on the Chinese communist regime, mainly on trade, economic and human rights, due to repeated violations in accordance with international standards.
As U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne told Reuters, “Imposing these sanctions on Inauguration Day is seemingly an attempt to play to partisan divides.”
“President Biden looks forward to working with leaders in both parties to position America to out-compete China,” she added.
President Joe Biden, who has currently appointed to his Cabinet several officials with ties to the Chinese Communist Party, was embroiled last year in a scandal over illicit business dealings with foreign companies when he served as vice president during the Obama administration.