China Sanctions U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Commissioner Johnny Moore

The U.S. State Department released its annual report on international religious freedom earlier, placing a Chinese official on its sanctions list. China’s Foreign Ministry announced countermeasures Wednesday (26), sanctioning a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced at a press conference that China has decided to impose sanctions on Johnnie Moore, a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, by banning him and his family from entering China, Hong Kong and Macau.

China criticized the U.S. “so-called report” for its reckless disregard for facts, its ideological bias, its vilification of China’s religious policies and its serious interference in China’s internal affairs, and for the U.S. “blatant advocacy for cults and unilateral sanctions against Chinese personnel based on lies and false information. “, decided to sanction Moore.

China urged the U.S. side to “correct its mistake”, withdraw the so-called sanctions and stop “interfering in China’s internal affairs through the so-called religious issue”.
The State Department released its “2020 International Religious Freedom Report” in mid-month, and Secretary of State Blinken also announced sanctions against former director of the Chengdu City Leading Office for the Prevention and Handling of Cult Issues (“610” Office) and current deputy secretary of the Chengdu High-tech Zone Party Committee. Yu Hui was barred from entering the United States, along with his family, because of his “involvement in serious human rights violations” by arbitrarily detaining Falun Gong practitioners.