Beijing: ‘The US legislation on the Uyghurs is an intervention into China’s internal affairs, and the US must correct its mistake immediately. Otherwise, China is capable of firmly responding over the matter, and the US will have to bear severe consequences for it,’ warned the Chinese Foreign Ministry. The warning came in response to the ‘Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act’ that President Trump signed into law.
China is continually resorting to brutality against the Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang province since the past few years, and the global community has taken cognizance of the matter. In 2018, a UN report had made a startling revelation that China had withheld 1.1 million Uyghurs in internment camps. After that, Western nations began targeting China on the issue, in which the US, had taken the lead. US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had consistently adopted an aggressive posture over the Uyghur crackdown in China.
Since last October, the US initiated action against China’s violence on the Uyghurs. The US Department of State had imposed visa restrictions on the Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party officials and their families. Furthermore, the US added Xinjiang’s public security bureau, 19 subordinate elements and eight commercial entities to the blacklist. The latest act, which the US President signed into law, is the next phase of the action against the Uyghur crackdown.
Last month, the US House of Representatives passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act by a vote of 413-1. The Senate, which is the upper house of the US Congress, had already approved the legislation. The Uyghur law allows the US to impose sanctions on Chinese officials. The law would thus help target Chinese officials involved in the Uyghur crackdown in Xinjiang.
The US assets of the Chinese officials will be frozen, and their entry into the US will be banned. The law mentions Chen Quanguo, the top Communist Party official in Xinjiang and a member of China’s powerful Politburo. Chen is believed to be responsible for overseeing the Uyghur crackdown in Xinjiang and has been accused of human rights violations.
The session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress started on Thursday. Also, China’s foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi met the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday. Considering the latest developments, the US appears to have sent China a message by signing the Uyghur Human Rights Act.