China voices firm opposition to Trump's signing of Xinjiang bill

Kyodo News

Posted at Jun 18 2020 12:31 PM

BEIJING - China on Thursday voiced strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of a bill to sanction Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses against the country's Muslim Uyghur minority.

"We want to tell the United States that Xinjiang affairs are purely China's internal affairs and no foreign interference is allowed," the Foreign Ministry said.

"We once again urge the United States to correct its mistakes," the ministry said, adding, "China will resolutely counteract (the U.S. move) and all consequences arising therefrom must be borne by the United States."

Under the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020, the president must provide a report to Congress that identifies officials responsible for torture and other inhumane treatment of Muslim minorities and others in Xinjiang no later than 180 days after the law's enactment.

Those deemed responsible would face sanctions such as having their assets frozen, denial of entry into the United States and visa revocation. Both chambers of the Congress passed the bill in May with bipartisan support.

China has been criticized in the international community for detaining many Muslim Uighurs, who oppose growing state surveillance, under the "re-education" campaign.