US President Donald Trump has postponed sanctions against China over the oppression of Uighur Muslims, so as not to disrupt a lucrative trade deal with Beijing. He said this in a conversation with a journalist of the publication Axios.
вЂњWell, we're in the middle of a big deal. I have concluded a good deal, perhaps for $250 billion, вЂњ the President replied to the corresponding question of the journalist. He explained that he refused to introduce measures right now because it would interfere with negotiations. In addition, the trade duties that he imposed, in his opinion, hit the Chinese economy harder than any possible sanctions.
According to the publication, in the conversation, trump stressed that he had previously signed the lawвЂќ on the policy on the rights of Uighurs in 2020вЂќ, which allows punishing Chinese officials involved in the harassment of Muslim minorities.
In late May, the US Congress passed a bill that allows for strict sanctions against Chinese citizens who are guilty of harassing Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The text refers to taking strict measures against guilty officials, such as refusing to issue visas and freezing their property in the United States.
In August 2018, the UN human rights Commission reported that at least a million members of ethnic minorities are being held in closed camps where they are allegedly being re-educated. People are forced to sing revolutionary songs, study XI Jinping's ideas, and speak Chinese that is not their native language. In Beijing, the existence of the camps is explained by the prevention of terrorist activities in the region.