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China denounces US visa restrictions on Chinese officials over Muslim treatment

China denounces US visa restrictions on Chinese officials over Muslim treatment

The Chinese embassy in Washington has denounced the US imposition of visa restrictions on Chinese officials over China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

Calling it interference in China’s internal affairs, Beijing has said Xinjiang does not have the so-called human rights claimed by the US.

The visa restrictions come a day after the US Commerce Department imposed export restrictions on the US companies, preventing them from selling their products particularly face recognition and other surveillance technology.

28 Chinese entities including the Public Security Bureau and firms involved in surveillance in Xinjiang.

The US punitive measures mark the first time China has held to account internationally for its program of mass incarceration and persecution of religious minorities.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Chinese government had instituted “a highly repressive campaign”.

Mr Pompeo also accused the Chinese government of a string of abuses against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz Muslims and other minority Muslim groups.

The visa restrictions “complement” the Commerce Department actions, Pompeo added.

“The United States calls on the People’s Republic of China to immediately end its campaign of repression in Xinjiang, release all those arbitrarily detained, and cease efforts to coerce members of Chinese Muslim minority groups residing abroad to return to China to face an uncertain fate,” Pompeo said.

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