Biden's govt reacts as China goes tough, sanctions top officials in Trump administration

Biden's govt reacts as China goes tough, sanctions top officials in Trump administration

- The US has criticised China's sanction on 28 aides of the former Donald Trump-led administration

- The sanction was described as "unproductive", capable of further endangering the relationship between the two countries

- Among those sanctioned on Wednesday, January 20, are former state secretary Mike Pompe and Robert O’Brien

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The Joe Biden administration has described as "unproductive and cynical" the decision by China to sanction some officials of the last Donald Trump-led administration.

The White House also labelled the sanction as one capable of sowing the seed of rancour and further straining the relationship between the US and the Asian country.

Emily Horne, a national security council spokeswoman said in a statement on Wednesday, January 20, that China's decision which was announced when a new president was taking an oath of office is untimely.

Biden govt reacts as China goes tough, sanctions top officials in Trump administration
The former secretary of state, Mike Pompe, among those sanctioned by China on Wednesday. Credit: @SecPompeo
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China, in a statement by its foreign ministry department, had slammed a sanction on 28 officials in Trump administration with notable figures including former U.S. secretary of state Michael Pompeo, former national security adviser Robert O’Brien topping the list.

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Horne said the sanction must be criticised by all Americans irrespective of ideologies and political affiliations, adding that China is trying to "out-compete America", Bloomberg reports.

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Meanwhile, the new president of the United States, Joe Biden, has reportedly signed 17 executive orders right after his inauguration on Wednesday, July 20, to undo some of the things put in place by his controversial predecessor, Trump.

The 46th US president is signing a flurry of executive orders, memorandums and directives to agencies.

Biden, by his executive actions, has also embraced progressive policies on the environment and diversity that former president Trump spent four years blocking.

The president also lifted all the sanctions placed on countries including Nigeria by the Trump-led government.

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Legit.ng has examined pictures of Biden captured during the Wednesday event and can report there is a high likelihood the new president donning a body armour under his suit, as cited on Tuko.co.ke.

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