Washington: The U.S. Senate approved legislation on Thursday to require President Donald Trump ’s government to step up its response to the suppression of Uighur Muslims in China. This is the latest punishment by Washington against China. Trump condemned Beijing for increasing the prevalence of coronavirus .
The bipartisan bill proposed by Republican Senator Marco Rubio requires sanctions against those who suppress Uighurs and other Muslim groups. In particular, it singled out the members of the powerful Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and was responsible for “serious human rights violations” against them.
The Senate, led by the Republican Party, unanimously passed the bill without a roll call. The pass sent the measure to the Democratic-led House of Representatives, which must approve the measure before sending it to the White House so Trump can sign the law or veto power.
As the Senate moved, the relationship between the Trump administration and Beijing over the global COVID-19 pandemic continued to deteriorate, and Washington blamed China ’s lack of transparency on the region ’s first outbreak. [L1N2CW0TS]
China denies improper handling of the epidemic and condemns the passage of legislation to support the Uyghurs ’actions, because this is a malicious attack and serious interference in its internal affairs that will affect bilateral cooperation.
The United Nations estimates that in recent years, more than one million Uighurs have been detained in refugee camps in Xinjiang, China. China denies the abuse of Uighurs and says that these refugee camps provide vocational training.
In November last year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an overwhelming majority bill calling for sanctions against senior Chinese officials responsible for the repression in Xinjiang, and specifically appointed Chen Quanguo, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, as a member of the Politburo.
The Senate bill also mentions that Chen and Zhu Hailun, the former deputy secretary of the Xinjiang Party Committee, are directly responsible for such violations.
In the past, China had warned that if Chen was targeted, he would retaliate “proportionally.”
Its embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the Senate’s move.
The Senate bill also calls on US companies or individuals doing business in Xinjiang to take measures to ensure that their supply chains are not “damaged by forced labor.”
Rubio co-sponsored a bill in March with the aim of preventing goods made by forced labor in Xinjiang from entering the United States.
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Republican James Risch and his senior Democratic MP Bob Menendez, said Thursday ’s move “is an important step in dealing with widespread and terrible human rights violations by the totalitarian Chinese government . “
They urged the House of Representatives to quickly review the legislation and send it to the president to sign into law.