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China trades sanctions with US over Uighur Muslims

  • Published at 03:26 pm July 13th, 2020
China's Muslim Uighur
Supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists wave the flag of East Turkestan and hold placards calling for ' Independence for East Turkestan' during an anti-China protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul on October 1, 2019, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of The People's Republic of China AFP

UN experts and activists say at least a million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in detention centres in Xinjiang

China announced sanctions against US officials including two senators on Monday in retaliation against Washington's sanctions against senior Chinese officials over Beijing's treatment of minority Uighur Muslims.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying disclosed what she called "corresponding sanctions" against US Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, US Representative Chris Smith, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

The commission monitors human rights and the development of the rule of law in China and submits an annual report to President Donald Trump and Congress.

"The US actions seriously interfere in China's internal affairs, seriously violate the basic norms of international relations and seriously damage Sino-US relations," she told reporters during a daily briefing.

"China will make further responses based on how the situation develops."

Hua did not elaborate on what the sanctions entail, but Washington's measures against Chinese officials, including the Communist Party secretary of the troubled western region of Xinjiang, include freezing of US assets, US travel and prohibiting Americans from doing business with them.

UN experts and activists say at least a million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in detention centres in Xinjiang. China describes them as training centres helping to stamp out terrorism and extremism and give people new skills.

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