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How China poked Trump’s legacy in the eye on his way out and drew a red line for Biden

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Just hours after Joe Biden had been inaugurated as President of the United States, China announced a sweeping set of sanctions targeting 28 former officials of the Trump administration who had been particularly aggressive in their criticism of Beijing, with the most notable being former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

A foreign ministry statement said it had singled out those “who have seriously violated China's sovereignty and who have been mainly responsible for such US moves on China-related issues.” The sanctions will ban the listed individuals and their families from travelling to China, as well as the special administrative regions of Macau and Hong Kong, and restrict any companies associated with them from doing business with China.

The Biden White House condemned the move, calling it unproductive and cynical, and accused Beijing of attempting to play on partisan divides in order to undermine its bipartisan approach to China. However, the claim that this was intended to cause further division in Washington politics is not correct; it’s more that Beijing wants to symbolically ‘disgrace’ the Trump administration and its........

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