TDN World Desk: China reacted with anger as US House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday requiring the Trump administration to toughen its response to Xinjiang, where the more than one million Muslims, mostly ethnic Uighurs, are being held in “re-education” camps,
On Wednesday, a day after The Uighur Act of 2019 passed, China Foreign Ministry condemned the move issuing statement alleging that US “wantonly smears China’s efforts to eliminate and combat extremism”.
“We urge the US to immediately correct its mistake, to stop the above bill on Xinjiang from becoming law, to stop using Xinjiang as a way to interfere in China’s domestic affairs,” said ministry’s spokeswoman Hua Chunying. This statement attributed to Chunying was quoted by Al Jazeera.
The Uighur Act of 2019, passed by 407 votes to one in the House. The Bill will compel US President Donald Trump to condemn the ongoing campaign of abuse against Muslims by authorities in the region.
This bill must recieve Senate’s approval before it can be sent to President Donald Trump. The White House has yet to say whether Trump would sign or veto it.
Since 2017, over one million people, mainly Muslim members of the Uighur ethnic minority, have been detained in internment camps in west China’s vast Xinjiang province. China repeatedly denied of any crackdown on the Uighur muslims. On the Contorary, the Chinese Communist government claimed that those camps are to ‘re-educate’ them to curb terrorism and violence.
Escapees have reported torture, rape and forced sterilisation taking place in prison-like venues, which Beijing denied existed before describing as re-education centres built to combat terrorism.