US curbs visas of Chinese officials, calls to end Uighur 'repression'

SUKIRTI MISHRA 09/10/2019 10:40 AM


►This new order by the Donald Trump administration will also affect the family members of the Chinese government officials

►China has denied any human rights abuses in Xinjiang

►Human Rights groups have claimed that more than one million Uighurs and other Muslims are being forcefully detained in a vast network of camps in Xinjiang


New Delhi. The United States has levied visa limitations on Chinese government and Communist Party officials, a day after sanctioning commercial restrictions on China. The visa restrictions on China has been imposed for the detention of Uighurs, Kazakhs and other members of Muslim minority groups in China's Xinjiang region. US further stated that the restrcitions will not be lifted until Beijing ends its "repression." 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, took to his Twitter to state, “China has forcibly detained over one million Muslims in a brutal, systematic campaign to erase religion and culture in Xinjiang.” He also mentioned that Beijing must stop “its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad.” 
Although the State Department could not mention the anmes of officials due to US confidentiality laws but US officials specifically asked for action against Chen Quanguo, the Communist Party chief for Xinjiang. The official has been notorious for his handling of minority groups and was responsible for the crushing dissent in Tibet. 
Meanwhile, China has denied any human rights abuses in Xinjiang and alleged the United States of using "made-up pretexts for its interference." Chinese embassy in Washington wrote on Twitter, "The counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures in Xinjiang are aimed to eradicate the breeding soil of extremism and terrorism. They are in line with Chinese laws and international practices, and are supported by all 25 million people of various ethnic groups in Xinjiang." 



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