China state media blast U.S. bill Uighur, calls for retaliation

China state media blast U.S. bill Uighur, calls for retaliation

Despite China's strong opposition, the act was passed in the Senate on Sept 11.

On Tuesday, Trump appeared to dash hopes for a deal this year by suggesting he would be happy waiting until after the 2020 presidential election before signing off on it.

The legislation about to be passed in the Senate would order the administration to draw up a list of Chinese officials who could face sanctions for their role in the repression of Muslim minorities in the westernmost province of Xinjiang.

Ambassador Cui Tiankai, speaking at a dinner hosted by the US-China Business Council, stated U.S.

The Chinese government "will of course be furious", said Richardson, who said he also puts the Trump administration in a hard position despite declaring his support for religious freedom around the world.

A U.S. State Department official said past year that at least 800,000 Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been detained in internment camps, which China call vocational training centers.

The Department of State shall report on the scope of the reported crackdown in Xinjiang, including the number of detained individuals, the use of forced labour in the region, an assessment of government surveillance in the province, and USA diplomatic efforts to address the crackdown.

In a statement on Wednesday (December 4), China's foreign ministry called the bill a malicious attack.

Trump said on Monday the Hong Kong legislation did not make trade negotiations with China easier, but he still believed Beijing wanted a deal.

Hua said the Chinese government and people are determined to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests.

Vice-Foreign Minister Qin Gang on Wednesday summoned William Klein, a senior official at the USA embassy in China, to lodge stern representations and strong protests against the act, urging Washington to stop interfering in China's domestic affairs.

Earlier in the long-running U.S.

Without giving any more details about what measures China would take, Ms Hua said the "price that must be paid will come eventually".

US House of Representatives has passed a bill that allows US authorities to punish Bejing over alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It waged overseas wars that caused severe human rights disasters to relevant countries and regions.

Trump has insisted that China should buy $40-$50 million-worth of United States agriculture products as part of the deal, which critics say is hard to achieve.

But a Chinese government spokesperson suggested that the bill could jeopardize any agreement. "We must say "never again" to the cultural genocide and the atrocities suffered by Uighurs and others in China", he continued.

The bill "disregards the facts and mixes up black and white", said the Foreign Affairs Commission of China's legislature in one among a slew of strongly worded rebukes from government departments.

The bill, called the Uyghur Act of 2019, calls for President Donald Trump to impose sanctions for the first time on a member of China's powerful politburo - the policy-making committee of a communist party, according to Reuters.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch said in a statement Wednesday that he would work with senators "on the way forward for this important piece of legislation".

A policeman standing guard as Muslims arrive for the Eid al-Fitr morning prayer at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in Xinjiang, China, on June 26, 2017.

American and Chinese negotiators have signaled that they may be drawing closer to agreeing on phase one of a broader accord that would resolve the trade dispute.

When asked whether the bill's passage would affect U.S.

"We will not set any time limit on when the deal will or will not be reached", Hua said. The measure also calls for imposing export restrictions on technologies used to surveil the minority populations.

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