In tit for tat, Beijing locations sanctions on prime US officers


Beijing, July 13

China on Monday imposed visa restrictions on some prime US officers and politicians within the newest tit-for-tat response to America’s transfer to sanction a number of Chinese officers for alleged human rights abuses concentrating on ethnic minority teams within the Muslim-majority Xinjiang province.

‘Ties damaged’

The behaviour of the US officers and politicians, and visa ban on some Chinese officers from Uyghur Muslim dominated Xinjiang province severely broken

China-US relations. — Hua Chunying, Foreign ministry spokesperson

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying informed the media that the behaviour of the US officers and politicians, and visa ban on some Chinese officers from Uyghur Muslim dominated Xinjiang province “severely damaged China-US relations,” and needs to be condemned.

Hua made the feedback in response to US sanctions and visa restrictions on three senior officers of the ruling Chinese Communist Party from Xinjiang for alleged human rights abuses concentrating on Muslim Uyghurs. China has determined to impose sanctions ranging from Monday in opposition to US Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback, Congressman Chris Smit and US Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. The CECC is headed by Rubio, a vocal critic of China.

Announcing the ban on US officers, Hua reiterated “Xinjiang is entirely the internal affair of China, and the US has no right to interfere. The Chinese government’s determination to protect its sovereignty, and crackdown against terrorism, separatism and extreme religious forces is unshakeable.” Hua stated China would take additional measures based mostly on the scenario.

This is the primary time China has banned prime US politicians in its retaliation to US sanctions and visa bans on Chinese officers from Xinjiang, Tibet and over the brand new nationwide safety regulation in Hong Kong.

Beijing’s transfer comes days after the US on Thursday slapped sanctions on some Chinese officers in-charge of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous area who have been “believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the unjust detention or abuse of Uygurs, ethnic ­Kazakhs and members of other minority groups in Xinjiang”.

China has been saying it will retaliate. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had stated: “The US is taking action against the abuses in Xinjiang and calls on all nations who share our concerns about the CCP’s attacks on human rights to join us in condemning this behaviour”. — PTI

Envoys banned by US

The three officers banned by the US are Chen Quanguo, CCP celebration secretary of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region; Zhu Hailun, celebration secretary of the Xinjiang Political and Legal Committee; and Wang Mingshan, present celebration secretary of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau.

What critics say

Critics have likened the camps to prisons to which inmates are sentenced with little due course of and the place they’re compelled to denounce their faith, language and tradition and pledge allegiance to the Communist Party and its chief, Xi Jinping.



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