U.S. imposes visa restrictions on China over abuses of Muslims in Xinjiang
State Department imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials responsible for Xinjiang repression
On the eve of the US Department of Commerce announced restrictions on the export of high-tech products to organizations involved in the repression in Xinjiang
The United States announced visa restrictions on representatives of the PRC government and members of the Chinese Communist Party responsible for the detention and violations of the rights of Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities who live in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. This is stated in a statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which was published by the State Department on Tuesday..
“The Chinese government is waging a highly repressive campaign against Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,” Pompeo said in a statement..
According to the secretary of state, authorities are carrying out mass detentions of people who are then transported to concentration camps, conducting surveillance with surveillance cameras, instituting draconian laws on the expression of freedom of opinion and religion, and forcing Chinese citizens to return from abroad to their homeland..
On Monday, the Commerce Department announced restrictions on US goods exported to 28 organizations in the PRC, including the Public Security Bureau and commercial companies in Xinjiang. All of them are involved in surveillance campaigns, as well as in the detention of people. Organizations included in the list will no longer be able to purchase various high-tech components and parts from the United States without obtaining permission from the American authorities..
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called the actions of the US Department of Commerce “intervention of the Trump administration in the internal affairs of China”.
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