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US bars Chinese officials for crackdown on Muslim minorities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday slapped journey bans on Chinese officers concerned in an enormous crackdown towards Uighurs and different Muslim minorities in its west.

The State Department stated it will not challenge visas to Chinese authorities and Communist Party officers believed to be chargeable for or complicit in mass detentions and abuses in western Xinjiang province. It didn’t determine the focused officers or say what number of have been affected by the ban, which can be utilized to their quick relations.

In a press release, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged China to halt its “campaign of repression” within the area, launch all these arbitrarily detained and cease attempting to coerce members of Chinese Muslim minority teams residing overseas to return to China.

“The protection of human rights is of fundamental importance, and all countries must respect their human rights obligations and commitments,” Pompeo stated. “The United States will continue to review its authorities to respond to these abuses.”

The announcement got here a day after the Commerce Department blacklisted Chinese authorities businesses and plenty of Chinese corporations that develop facial recognition and different synthetic intelligence expertise the U.S. says is getting used to repress Muslim minorities. The blacklist successfully bars U.S. companies from promoting expertise to the Chinese corporations with out authorities approval.

China is estimated to have detained as much as 1 million Muslims in prison-like detention facilities within the area. The detentions come on high of harsh journey restrictions and an enormous surveillance community geared up with facial recognition expertise. China has denied committing abuses within the facilities and has described them as colleges geared toward offering employable expertise and combating extremism.

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