UPDATED 9:48 AM PT – Saturday, June 12, 2021
China has targeted foreign sanctions in response to power politics. On Thursday, the Chinese Communist Party passed an anti-sanctions law aimed at boosting Beijing’s authority against international pressure.
The measures allow Chinese authorities to refuse to issue visas as well as freeze a person’s assets in mainland China. Officials claim the law was implemented to safeguard China’s national sovereignty while undermining the authority of certain western countries.
Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law, the first of its kind in China, was adopted on Thursday. The law will serve the purpose of countering hegemonism & power politics of some Western countries and provide strong legal guarantee for China against their unilateral & discriminatory measures. pic.twitter.com/UaXdFVs9Fr
— Liu Pengyu 刘鹏宇 (@SpoxCHNinUS) June 10, 2021
“This law targets the unilateral sanctions against China that violates international law in international relations,” law professor Liao Shiping explained. “It is a response to all these sanctions and the countries that are enforcing them. Therefore, it is not a legislation targeting a specific country.”
The move comes just one week after Joe Biden expanded the U.S. blacklist on certain Chinese companies receiving investments from Americans.