Wednesday, 4 December 2019 23:46 WIB |
China has expressed anger over passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for official actions against Beijing over its crackdown on millions of ethnic Muslims.
By a vote of 407-to-1, the Democratic-led chamber approved the Uighur Act of 2019 Tuesday which condemns the detention of an estimated one million Uighurs, Kazahks and other ethnic Muslims in so-called "re-education camps" in the remote western province of Xinjiang.
The bill directs various U.S. government agencies to prepare reports on China's treatment of the Muslim minorities, and calls on President Donald Trump to impose sanctions on Chinese officials deemed responsible for the mass detentions, specifically Chen Quanguo, the ruling Communist Party's chief in Xinjiang.
Beijing has denied that it is detaining the Uighurs against their will, maintaining that the camps are œvocational training centers designed to combat terrorism and extremism and to teach new skills.
The Republican-controlled Senate passed a similar bill back in September. The two measures will have to be reconciled and approved by both the House and Senate before they go to Trump for his signature.
In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that any nation that seeks to interfere in China's internal affairs will pay a price.
Source : VOA