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Newly confirmed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a welcome ceremony at the State Department in Washington,DC on January 27, 2021. (Photo by CARLOS BARRIA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CARLOS BARRIA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Newly confirmed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a welcome ceremony at the State Department in Washington,DC on January 27, 2021. (Photo by CARLOS BARRIA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CARLOS BARRIA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke during a welcome ceremony at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2021. (Photo by CARLOS BARRIA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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The State Department is condemning Mainland China over it’s new sanctions on top U.S., Canadian and European officials.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Chinese sanctions are baseless and seek to intimidate and silence those who speak about Beijing’s grave abuses of human rights.

“An increasingly assertive China, and they know that the United States is much better off tackling them with partners, rather than trying to do it alone,” Blinken stated. “And all our allies can say the same.”

Last week, China blacklisted the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), as well as a group of Canadian lawmakers and British officials.

Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau criticized China for its sanctions as well.

Marc Garneau and is wife attend the the Liberal gathering October 14, 2008 in St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Canadians elected for the status quo amid economic uncertainty, choosing to "stay the course" with Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives in a third election in four years.  AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA (Photo credit should read ROGERIO BARBOSA/AFP via Getty Images)

Marc Garneau and his wife attended a gathering October 14, 2008 in St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by ROGERIO BARBOSA/AFP via Getty Images)

 

“If China wants to operate on the world stage, that’s fine. They’re a major country. We’re happy to do that, but it must operate according to international rules, and that’s the message we’re carrying to them,” Garneau said. “It cannot operate with other countries to coercive diplomacy.”

The international community is targeting China over its concentration camps in the Xinjiang province, which provide cheap labor to several multinational corporations.

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