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The house of representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill to harden after which the trump administration, its response to China’s persecution of its Muslim minority, calling for sanctions against Chinese officials, and export bans.
Passed in a 407-to-1 vote, the House version of the bill changes an earlier Senate bill to restrictions on the export of devices that could be used for the surveillance of the Muslim Uighurs group, or by limiting their communication.
It calls for President Trump and condemn the attacks against Muslims and calling for the closure of mass internment camps in the North-Western region of Xinjiang, according to Reuters.
Uighur security forces patrol in the vicinity of the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar in West China’s Xinjiang region. Classified documents leaked to rewire the lock to a consortium of news organizations, the Layout of the Chinese government’s deliberate strategy of ethnic minorities, their thoughts and even the language you speak. (AP Photo/File)
It also calls for sanctions against high-ranking Chinese officials believed to be responsible, especially Xinjiang Communist party Secretary Chen Quanguo.
U.S. government officials believe that China has placed anywhere from 800,000 to 2 million Turkish Uighurs in the training camps under difficult conditions.
Outside the camps, the lives of 11 million Uyghurs in Xinjiang live under constant surveillance and discrimination by the Chinese government. Watch as the Chinese bulldoze their mosques, and in some cases, their communities.
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A November report revealed that the Chinese authorities had allegedly male “relatives”, the sent only the Chinese officials sent to stay spy, Uighurs, the Muslim women whose husbands had been sent to detainment camp. The Chinese officials stay for up to a week and in some cases, a bed to share with the women.
China has consistently any abuse of the Uighurs refused to call for the camps offer vocational training. It has warned of retribution “in proportion to” if Chen were to target.
In response to the new legislation, China is considering the imposition of visa restrictions on U.S. legislators, and the ban on all U.S. passport-holders entering into Xinjiang, according to the editor-in-chief of the Communist party-backed Global Times.
“China’s repression of millions of Uighurs [sic] is a gross violation of human rights,” tweeted house Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “Today’s passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act sends a message to the Communist party: power can not be maintained, at the expense of the people, without any significant consequences.”
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The bill comes a week after President Trump signed two bills aimed at human rights and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, infuriating Beijing Ministry of foreign Affairs. In retaliation, China announced it would US ban Marine visited Hong Kong.
In view of the almost unanimous support for the bill, the President is probably not the political blow to the Congress can afford to, even though he admitted that the Hong Kong legislation, and in return, the Uighur legislation to hinder the negotiations with China.
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The legislature is working on a solution for the differences between the Senate and house to reconcile bills on a version before the end of the year, according to Bloomberg.