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China’s Foreign Ministry charged the 28 affected individuals with having “gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs” and announced it was banning them and their families from entering China, Hong Kong and Macau and from doing business in mainland China, according to a statement on its website.
Included on the list are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former national security adviser John Bolton, Trump associate Steve Bannon, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and outgoing Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro, among others.
China’s Communist Party issued the statement announcing the sanctions at 12:04 p.m., just minutes after Biden replaced President Donald Trump as commander-in-chief.
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