Thursday, 12 December, 2019

U.S. House approves Uighur bill, demands sanctions on senior Chinese officials

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Deanna Wagner | 04 December, 2019, 06:40

The bill still needs to be approved by the Senate and President Trump.

Risk-off is the current theme and headlines such as this can fuel a bid in the yen.

Among other provisions, the bill requires the president to submit to Congress within 120 days a list of senior Chinese government officials who have committed human rights abuses against Uighurs in Xinjiang or elsewhere in China. It calls on President Donald Trump to impose sanctions for the first time on a member of China's powerful politburo, even as he seeks a deal with Beijing to end a trade war buffeting the global economy.

Hu said in a tweet that China is also considering visa restrictions against US officials and lawmakers with "odious performance" on the Xinjiang issue, in retaliation to legislation being prepared by the US Congress.

Commenting on the issue, the Chinese foreign ministry claimed a lack of evidence and suggested that their information differed with the reality. It has repeatedly demanded that USA and other foreign states critical of its policies in Xinjiang end their interference in China's domestic affairs.

The move comes one week after Mr Trump signed overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation aimed at supporting the pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong who taken to the streets in recent months.

After initially denying the camps' existence, Beijing cast the facilities as "vocational education centers" where "students" learn Mandarin and job skills in an effort to steer them away from religious extremism, terrorism and separatism.

"We need to get something sent over here that's acceptable to both sides and that we could hopefully persuade Banking to waive jurisdiction on it", Rubio said, referring to the Senate Banking Committee, which has jurisdiction over export controls.

China had earlier this week suspended visits by US Navy ships and aircrafts to Hong Kong after the US passed the Human Rights and Democracy Act into law.

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Any response from China on the Xinjiang issue that hits U.S. companies would add another obstacle as the world's two biggest economies struggle to finalize a phase-one deal to de-escalate their trade war.

"We can not be silent".

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called China's treatment of the Uighurs "an outrage to the collective conscience of the world", adding that "America is watching".

Congress "is taking a critical step to counter Beijing's horrific human rights abuses against Uighurs", she said.

China will respond further depending on the development of the situation, the statement said.

"I'm not sure it's the Xinjiang issue being more sensitive than Hong Kong, I think there's a sort of piling on factor here that the Chinese are concerned about", he said.

It would require the State Department to evaluate whether Chinese officials would meet the criteria for sanctions for their roles in the crackdown in the Xinjiang region.

The bill would also require the secretary of state to submit a report on abuses in Xinjiang, to include assessments of the numbers held in re-education and forced labor camps, where United Nations experts and activists say at least 1 million Uighurs and members of other largely Muslim minority groups have been detained. The bill would also impose restrictions on the export of technology that enables China to pursue its detention policies in Xinjiang.