U.S. House approves bill imposing sanctions on Chinese officials for Uighur detainment camps

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 4th, 2019 10:40 am
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Last Updated Dec 4th, 2019 at 12:08 pm

China has criticized the United States and threatened budding trade deals after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill requiring the Trump administration to impose sanctions on Chinese officials and condemn those who support China's crackdown on Uighur Muslims.

The bill, which passed 407 to 1, requires Trump to condemn abuses against Uighur Muslims in China and call for the closure of mass dentention camps in Xinjiang. It also calls on President Trump to impose sanctions on Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo.

Beijing called the bill an attack and said it would act to defend its interests.

The bill comes shortly after Trump said a trade deal with China might have to wait until 2020. A person familiar with the Chinese government said the phase one trade negotiations could be at risk if the bill becomes law.

The Uighur bill still needs to be approved by the Senate. There is no indication yet whether Trump would sign or veto the bill if it reached him.

🔦 Experts estimate that more than 1 million Uighur Muslims are currently being held in camps.