The administration of President Biden condemned China’s sanctions against former Trump officials on Inauguration Day, calling them “unproductive and cynical.”

Emily Horne, Biden’s National Security Council (NSC) spokesperson, called China’s move to sanction officials from the former administration “seemingly an attempt to play to partisan divides,” according to Reuters.

“Americans of both parties should criticize this unproductive and cynical move,” Horne said. “President Biden looks forward to working with leaders in both parties to position America to out-compete China.”

Hours after Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the nation, the Biden administration offered to rebuke China’s actions.

By further blasting the Trump administration and calling for an improved relationship between the U.S. and China, China responded to Horne’s comments.

“I believe if both countries work together, better angels in the U.S.-China relations could defeat evil forces,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing on Thursday, according to NBC News.

China sanctioned 28 Trump officials on Inauguration Day, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former trade adviser Peter Navarro, and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, for allegedly violating “the sovereignty of China” and promoting “selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China.”

The sanctions prohibit the entry into China, Hong Kong or Macau of former officials and their immediate family members and prohibit them from doing business with China and its related companies.

This week, Pompeo declared that China has committed “genocide and crimes against humanity” against its Uighur Muslim population. The country has vehemently denied the accusations, but the United Nations has reported that at least 1 million Uighurs and other Muslims have been put in detention camps in the Xinjiang area.

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