The sanctions hit the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, its commander and former political commissar for alleged abuses against Uighur Muslims.
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China's ruling Communist Party is accused of mass detentions, forced labor, forced birth control and other abuses against Muslim minorities in the country's Xinjiang region. China denies the allegations.
Some of the most outspoken critics of China –– US Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz along with Congressman Chris Smith –– are among those targeted by Beijing, as well as the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback.
US State Secretary Mike Pompeo denounced China following the reports that Beijing forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress their population. China says allegations are simply groundless and false.
Just as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Chinese official Yang Jiechi, Trump signed into law an act that authorises sanctions for Chinese officials involved in the detention of some one million minority Muslim Uighur ethnic group.
The Muslim minority group in China is facing 'oppression' when they want to practice their faith, the US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback says.
The department said those entities were "complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed in China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs" and others.
The bipartisan bill, introduced by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, calls for sanctions against those responsible for the repression of Uighurs and other Muslim groups in China.
Any attempts to revive this long-planned alliance will be ineffective in trying to counter China, and instead will simply be viewed as an alliance of Islamophobes.
In panels of spare, black-and-white drawings, Shimizu tells the story of Mihrigul Tursun, a real Uighur woman who now lives in the United States and says she was beaten and detained in China for being a Uighur.
NetEase, the publisher of the PES franchise in China, says it will remove Ozil after the star's social media post about the treatment Uighur Muslims in China.
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