Law against sanctions passed to protect sovereignty

CHINA’S top legislature has passed a law to counter foreign sanctions to better safeguard the country’s sovereignty, security and development interests.

President Xi Jinping signed a presidential order to promulgate the law, which takes effect immediately.

After a second deliberation, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the nation’s top legislature, adopted the law on countering foreign sanctions when it concluded its session.

Li Zhanshu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, presided over the closing meeting and said the law is an important step in implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Rule of Law and on Diplomacy and accelerating legislation involving foreign affairs.

“China has always adhered to an independent foreign policy of peace and is committed to pursuing mutual benefits and common growth with other countries,” Li said.

“But we never give up our legitimate rights and interests.

“No one should expect China to accept any action that damages its own interests.

“The Chinese government and people resolutely oppose any sanctions and interference,” he added.

The top legislature followed international practice to make and review the law, he said, noting that the law provides legal support not only to counter hegemony and power politics, but also to protect the interests of the country and people.

While emphasising that the law should be fully and accurately understood and needed to be promptly applied to fight against sanctions, he also called for the acceleration of legislation relating to foreign affairs in order to better safeguard China’s sovereignty, security and development interests.

According to the 16-article law, relevant departments of the State Council can decide to put foreign individuals or organisations on a sanctions list if they find them to have violated international law and basic norms of international relations, used various excuses or their own laws to contain or suppress China, taken discriminatory restrictive measures against Chinese citizens or organisations, or interfered in China’s internal affairs.

The countermeasures for those on the list include denial of visa issuance, denial of entry to China and expulsion from the country, the law said. — China Daily/ANN

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