US House prepares to vote on Xinjiang bill

Elias Hubbard
December 3, 2019

Beijing might impose visa restrictions on US officials, and bar USA diplomatic passport holders from Xinjiang altogether.

A response from China on the Xinjiang issue that hits USA companies would add another obstacle as the world's two biggest economies struggle to finalize a phase-one deal to de-escalate their trade war. A re-escalation of trade tensions also places more focus on a December 15 deadline for Trump to add yet more tariffs on Chinese imports.

The House vote comes as China is striking back against President Donald Trump's signing of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.

China might ban all USA diplomatic passport-holders from entering the country's western Xinjiang autonomous region, Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin said on Tuesday. It adds provisions that require the president to sanction Chinese government officials responsible for the repression of Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim Turkic ethnic group, and places restrictions on the export of devices that could be used to spy on, or restrict, the communications or movements of group members.

The editor-in-chief of the Chinese and English editions of the Global Times, Hu Xijin, said Tuesday, citing sources, that Beijing could impose "visa restrictions on U.S. officials and lawmakers who've had odious performance on Xinjiang issue".

Hu tweeted out: "Based on what I know, since US Congress plans to pass Xinjiang-related bill, China is considering to impose visa restrictions on US officials and lawmakers who've had an odious performance on Xinjiang issue;it might also ban all US diplomatic passport holders from entering Xinjiang". Top U.S. officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have criticised China publicly on the situation there.

U.S. lawmakers reportedly intend to vote in support of a "Xinjiang-related bill", new legislation that will allow USA authorities to punish Bejing over alleged human rights violations.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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