China announces sanctions against ‘lying and cheating’ outgoing Trump officials

Chinese foreign ministry announced sanctions against Mike Pompeo and 27 others as Biden was taking presidential oath

Mike Pompeo in Washington DC on 12 January. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images

China has said it wants to cooperate with Joe Biden’s new US administration, while announcing sanctions against the “lying and cheating” outgoing secretary of state Mike Pompeo and 27 other top officials under Donald Trump.

The move was a sign of China’s anger, especially at an accusation Pompeo made on his final full day in office that China had committed genocide against its Uighur Muslims, an assessment that Biden’s choice to succeed Pompeo, Anthony Blinken, said he shared.

In a striking repudiation of its relationship with Washington under Trump, the Chinese foreign ministry announced the sanctions in a statement that appeared on its website as Biden was taking the presidential oath.

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