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US imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials for restrictions in Xinjiang – Pompeo

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials “who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the detention or abuse of Uighurs, Kazakhs, or other members of Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang, China.” In a statement, Pompeo said that these visa restrictions “complement” the announcement on Monday by the Department of Commerce regarding the imposition of export restrictions on US products exported to 28 Chinese entities.

“The United States calls on the People’s Republic of China to immediately end its campaign of repression in Xinjiang, release all those arbitrarily detained, and cease efforts to coerce members of Chinese Muslim minority groups residing abroad to return to China to face an uncertain fate,” he stressed.

He affirmed that “the protection of human rights is of fundamental importance, and all countries must respect their human rights obligations and commitments.” The US top diplomat noted that the US “will continue to review its authorities to respond to these abuses.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency