US President Donald trump has signed a bill passed earlier by both houses of Congress allowing sanctions to be imposed on Chinese officials who allegedly harass Uighurs and other Muslim groups in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region (XUAR). The statement was published on the White house website on Wednesday, June 17.
“The law provides for the responsibility of those responsible for human rights violations, such as the systematic use of educational camps, forced labor, and Intrusive surveillance to destroy the ethnic identity and religious beliefs of Uighurs and other minorities in China,” the statement said.
Trump also noted that section 6 (g) of the Law is aimed at limiting his authority to stop unacceptable sanctions. In some circumstances, this restriction may not be consistent with the President’s constitutional authority to accept certain foreign officials as diplomatic representatives under the U.S. Constitution. Thus, this section will be considered by the trump administration as Advisory and non-binding.
China denies any harassment of Uighurs, saying that the camps where representatives of this nationality are sent are necessary for the professional training of citizens.
Beijing has previously condemned any move to pass legislation in support of Uighurs as malicious attacks and serious interference in the country’s internal Affairs.
In May, both houses of Congress approved the bill. It obliges the President to take strict measures in response to the alleged harassment of the Uighur minority in China.
The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region, located in northwestern China, is populated by one of the country’s most numerous national minorities, the Uighurs, most of whom practice Islam.
On June 1, China protested to the United States over interference in the country’s internal Affairs over Hong Kong.
On May 29, the Chinese government called on Washington to stop political manipulation of the national security bill in Hong Kong. China is ready to take countermeasures, a Chinese foreign Ministry official said.
On the same day, US President Donald trump announced plans to impose sanctions on officials in China and Hong Kong, which Washington believes undermine the region’s autonomy.