Pompeo says China's treatment Muslims 'enormous human right violation': PBS interview

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2019

Reuters reports that China plans to create a visa "blacklist" for people linked to the US military and Central Intelligence Agency, as well as for people working for certain human rights groups.

The move would follow new US visa restrictions announced this week against Chinese government and Communist Party officials.

China's National Immigration Administration, which operates under the Ministry of Public Security, has yet to comment on the matter.

Punishing Beijing for its treatment of Muslim minorities, the US government this week widened its trade blacklist to include some of China's top artificial intelligence startups and announced visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials it believes responsible for the detention or abuse of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province.

The Chinese embassy in Washington, in turn, protested the U.S. move, which "seriously violates the basic norms governing worldwide relations, interferes in China's internal affairs and undermines China's interests".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged China to end its "campaign of repression" in Xinjiang and release those detained in the camps. He said the visa restrictions "complement" recent actions taken by the U.S. Commerce Department.

The sanctions announced on Monday restrict sales of USA technology to a group of Chinese companies working on facial recognition, artificial intelligence and other advanced products.

Both government and private companies are on the list, among which is also Hikvision, one of the most popular surveillance equipment manufacturers in the world.

United Nations experts and activists say at least 1 million Uighurs, and members of other largely Muslim minority groups, have been detained in camps in the remote region.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the actions by the U.S. had "thwarted normal people-to-people exchange between China and the USA and infringed upon the safety and lawful rights and interests of the Chinese personnel involved".

China has denied any mistreatment of Uighurs, and said Xinjiang was its internal affair.

Ashley Thompson adapted this story based on reports from Reuters.

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