The US said Chinese officials who place Uighur Muslim and other minority in concentration camps shouldn’t be allowed to visit the United States and enjoy our freedoms
Washington: On Tuesday, the United States has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and it believes Communist Party officials are responsible for the detention or abuse of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province, said the US State Department
On Monday Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo cited the decision of the Commerce Department to add 28 Chinese public security bureaus and companies including video of surveillance company Hikvision – to a U.S. trade blacklist over Beijing’s treatment of Uighur Muslims and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in the region.
The US considering sanction against officials linked to China’s crackdown on Muslims
Earlier US officials said the Trump administration was considering sanctions against officials linked to China’s crackdown on Muslim community, including Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, who, as a member of the powerful politburo, is in the upper level of China’s leadership.
The State Department did not announce the name of any officials subject on the restriction of visa, but news of the action sent U.S. stocks down. Many analysts believed that US government actions make it much less likely that China and the United States will reach a deal this week to resolve a trade war.
Pompeo said “The United States calls on the People’s Republic of China to immediately end its campaign of repression in Xinjiang, release all those arbitrarily detained, and cease efforts to coerce members of Chinese Muslim minority groups residing abroad to return to China to face an uncertain fate,”
Chinese embassy slams US visa restrictions
On Tuesday The Chinese Embassy in Washington slammed the US imposition of visa restrictions as interference in China’s internal affairs. The US decision “seriously violates the basic norms governing international relations, interferes in China’s internal matter and underestimates China’s interests. “China deplores and firmly opposes that,”.
The spokesperson said, “Xinjiang does not have the so-called human rights issue claimed by the US The accusations by the US side are merely a made-up base for its interference,”.
Republican US Senator Tom Cotton appreciated the State Department’s announcement and requested U.S. allies to follow suit. Chinese “officials who place Uighur Muslim and other minority groups in concentration camps shouldn’t be allowed to visit the United States and enjoy our freedoms.”
More than a million Uighurs detained
According to Human rights groups and the UN said China has rounded up and detained more than a million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in vast detention camps, where they are forced to renounce Islam, speak only in Mandarin Chinese and learn obedience to the communist government.
But China claims they are attending “vocational training centres” which are giving them facilities, jobs and helping them to be part of Chinese society, in the name of preventing terrorism.
A few days back when Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was asked about exploitation on Uighur Muslims in China then Khan said both governments will talk privately on this issue. So its crystal clear that no country has a similar stand on Uighur Muslim citizenship, freedom and human rights violation which they face in day to day life. Chinese government’s agenda is very clear about religious practice in the country. They don’t want to promote any religion in there China.