Beijing also denounced the
interference Western countries after Washington’s appointment of a
special coordinator for Tibet and the concert of critics about the local elections in Hong Kong over the past weekend.
The treatment of the Uighurs, the main ethnic group in Xinjiang (northwest), a Chinese region long hit by terrorist attacks, crystallizes tensions between China and the West.
Washington has imposed sanctions in recent months on a growing number of Chinese companies and politicians accused of participating in the surveillance and alleged mistreatment of the local population.
In response, China on Tuesday announced retaliation against four members of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a federal body: its president Nadine Maenza, vice president Nury Turkel, as well as members Anurima Bhargava and James. W. Carr.
These retaliatory measures include banning entry into China and freezing their assets in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, told reporters.
Chinese citizens and organizations are also prohibited from dealing with such people., he stressed.
Created in 1998, theUSCIRF promises religious freedom in the world. She had vehemently criticized China’s treatment of Uighurs.
Xinjiang has long been hit by bloody attacks, targeting civilians in particular and attributed to separatists or Uighur Islamists. It is now the subject of draconian surveillance.
Western studies, based on interpretations of official documents, testimonies of alleged victims and statistical extrapolations accuse Beijing of having interned in
camps a million people, to carry out
forced sterilizations and impose
The United States called the campaign
genocide and carry out a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games (February 4-20, 2022).
Beijing strongly denies these accusations and presents the
camps like the
vocational training centers intended to keep residents away from the temptation of religious extremism.
US sanctions are piling up
The United States announced on December 10 that it was sanctioning the president of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, Erken Tuniyaz, as well as his predecessor Shohrat Zakir – two Uighurs – for their alleged human rights abuses.
Washington also last week sanctioned Chinese companies accused of contributing to the crackdown in the region. Among them was the world leader in drones, DJI.
China regularly accuses the United States of using the issue of human rights to thwart its economic development and challenge its growing place in international affairs.
The US government announced on Monday the appointment of a
special coordinator for
promote respect for human rights in Tibet – now the autonomous region of western China. An initiative badly received by Beijing, which announced Tuesday its
We do not tolerate the interference of any foreign force in Tibetan affairs, said spokesman Zhao Lijian, who called on Washington to
respect his commitment […] not to support the independence of Tibet.
He also lambasted the G7 and the European Union, which on Monday expressed their “deep concern” after “the erosion” of democracy seen in Hong Kong this weekend during local legislative elections.
patriots, considered loyal to Beijing, were allowed to run for the Legislative Council in the former British colony, now a semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Zhao Lijian criticized comments
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