Trump refused to punish China for oppressing Muslims for a bargain

10 months ago

US President Donald Trump has postponed sanctions against China due to harassment of Muslim Uighurs, so as not to disrupt a profitable trade deal with Beijing. He talked about this in a conversation with a journalist of Axios.

“Well, we’re in the middle of a big deal. (…) I made a profitable deal, possibly for $ 250 billion, ”the president answered the journalist’s corresponding question. He explained that he refused to introduce measures right now because it would interfere with the negotiations. In addition, the trade duties that he introduced, in his opinion, hit the Chinese economy more than any possible sanctions.

As the publication clarifies, in a conversation Trump emphasized that he had previously signed the law “On the policy regarding the rights of Uyghurs in 2020”, which allows punishing Chinese officials involved in the oppression of Muslim minorities.

At the end of May, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that allows stricter sanctions against Chinese citizens who are to blame for oppressing Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The text refers to the adoption of strict measures against guilty officials, for example, the refusal to issue visas and the freezing of their property in the United States.

In August 2018, the UN Commission on Human Rights reported that at least a million representatives of ethnic minorities were held in closed camps, where they were allegedly re-educated. People are forced to sing revolutionary songs, study the ideas of Xi Jinping, speak Chinese, which is not their native language. In Beijing, the existence of the camps is explained by the prevention of terrorist activities in the region.

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