İrem UZUN -TDO- The U.S. House of Representatives late Tuesday passed a bill calling for sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority. Consequently, Beijing is responding furiously after the overwhelmingly passed legislation that would apply sanctions against senior Chinese officials accused of maltreating Uighurs.
In a statement released shortly after the Uighur Act of 2019 was passed, China's foreign ministry on Wednesday condemned the move saying the bill "wantonly smears China's efforts to eliminate and combat extremism".On the other hand, the bill, a stronger version of one passed by the Senate in September, aims "to condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in western Xinjiang region,” and calls “for an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities."
The bill notably urges Trump to slap sanctions on Chinese officials behind the Uighur policy, including Chen Quanguo, the Communist Party chief for Xinjiang. On the other hand, the Chinese state-owned tabloid Global Times quoted experts as saying Beijing will take “strong countermeasures” – including releasing a list of “unreliable entities” in the country, and imposing sanctions on U.S. officials.