China summons foreign diplomats in protest over sanctions

BEIJING (AP) — China says it summoned foreign diplomats in protest after the United States, the European Union, Canada and Britain jointly imposed sanctions on senior Chinese officials. The new sanctions are over alleged human rights abuses in China’s far western Xinjiang region. Australia and New Zealand also welcomed the measures, but they have not imposed sanctions themselves. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson called the new sanctions a “slander and an affront to the reputation and dignity of the Chinese people.” The spokesperson said the countries involved would “pay the price for their folly and arrogance.” China has immediately responded to with its own sanctions against European politicians and organizations.