US restricts visas for Chinese officials

Oct 09, 2019

US restricts visas for Chinese officials

Tokyo (Japan) Oct 09: The US government has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials suspected of involvement in human rights violations against Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Tuesday that the Chinese government "has instituted a highly repressive campaign" in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
He said government and Communist party officials responsible for, or complicit in, the detention and abuse of Muslim minority groups are subject to the restrictions. The ban also applies to their family members.
Pompeo said the United States calls on China to "immediately end its campaign of repression in Xinjiang" and release all those arbitrarily detained.
The move comes a day after the Department of Commerce announced a ban on trading with 28 Chinese government and commercial entities, including public security bureaus in the region and a surveillance camera manufacturer.
The US moves are seen as an attempt to increase pressure on China ahead of the bilateral ministerial trade talks scheduled to begin on Thursday in Washington. Observers say China is likely to hit back, which may adversely affect the negotiations.
Source: NHK World