China warning on US Uighur bill casts more doubt over trade deal

China warning on US Uighur bill casts more doubt over trade deal

China warning on US Uighur bill casts more doubt over trade deal

She said holding the events in China would be rewarding its government for committing genocide and crimes against humanity, and that the global community must take a harsher approach.

After his speech, Cong dismissed as "fake news" recent reports in worldwide media that China is detaining hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the territory of Xinjiang, the Uighur homeland, in ideological and behavioural re-education centres.

The lone vote against the Uighur bill passed Tuesday was from Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky.

The US House of Representatives approved the Uyghur Act of 2019 requiring the US president to condemn abuses against Muslims and call for the closure of mass detention camps in its western region of Xinjiang.

Resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of Central Asia, Xinjiang is key to China's growing energy needs.

China warned on Wednesday that United States legislation calling for a tougher response to Beijing's treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority will affect bilateral cooperation, further clouding the prospects of the world's two largest economies striking a deal to end their ongoing trade war. But classified documents leaked to a consortium of news organizations, including the AP, show the camps are instead precisely what former detainees have described: forced ideological and behavioral re-education centers run in secret.

The bill could lead to sanctions against certain Chinese officials, including the Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, for carrying out religious persecution in the region.

The bill "wantonly smears China's efforts to eliminate and combat extremism", the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement, accusing Washington of interference in its domestic affairs.

This article has been adapted from its original source. It also calls for the United States Secretary of Commerce to consider prohibiting the sale of US-made goods or services to any state agent in Xinjiang.

The move comes ahead of a new round of US tariffs on December 15 that will impose a 15 percent tax on $160 billion worth of certain Chinese products shipped to the United States.

The English-language China Daily called the bill a "stab in the back, given Beijing's efforts to stabilize the already turbulent China-U.S. relationship" and warned of reprisals.

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.

As per the Act, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence shall report to Congress on issues including the security threats caused by the Chinese government's reported crackdown on the Uyghur population in Xinjiang, the frequency with which other governments are forcibly returning Turkic Muslim refugees and asylum seekers to China, and the development or transfer of technology that facilitates mass internment and surveillance.

Washington called the move "reciprocal", with a senior State Department official citing the inability of USA diplomats to meet with a range of Chinese officials and academics.

"It is not an act to protect human rights at all".

The Foreign Ministry had earlier slammed the bill, saying it "viciously attacks the Chinese government's policy of governing Xinjiang".

China's tariff waivers on key USA agricultural products is a sign of its commitment to the deal, said an industry source who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The two senators told the Canadian digital newspaper iPolitics that the motion would pressure the ruling Liberal Party to level sanctions on Chinese officials involved in human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

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