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US House passes Uyghur Act calling for tough sanctions on Beijing over Xinjiang camps

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  1. RabzonKhan

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    US House passes Uyghur Act calling for tough sanctions on Beijing over Xinjiang camps

    By Ben Westcott and Haley Byrd, CNN
    Updated 4:48 AM ET, Wed December 4, 2019

    Hong Kong (CNN)The US House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday demanding a tougher response from the Trump administration over reports of mass detention centers run by the Chinese government in Xinjiang.

    The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which still needs to gain approval from the US Senate, calls for concrete measures to be taken against Beijing over allegations that up to two million Muslim-majority Uyghurs have been detained in "re-education" camps in the far western region.

    The Chinese government reacted with fury to the proposed legislation, which Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said "wantonly smeared China's counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts."

    "The issue that Xinjiang faces is not about ethnicity, religion or human rights. Rather, it is about fighting violence, terrorism and separatism," Hua said in a statement Wednesday. At her daily press conference, Hua added that the US would have to pay "the due price" for any wrong actions.


    "It's impossible that it will not affect China-US relations or cooperation in important areas," she said.

    The bill, which terms the detention centers "political re-education camps," recommends targeted sanctions on members of the Chinese government and the Communist Party, as well as bans on the sale of US-made goods to "any state agent in Xinjiang."

    The vote represents a growing consensus in Washington to take a tougher line with Beijing over allegations of human rights abuses and comes amid growing tensions between the US and China across a number of fronts.

    Billions of dollars of tariffs on American and Chinese goods have been imposed by both countries in recent months, in an escalating dispute that has caused anxiety in world markets.
    Both countries are currently attempting to negotiate a "phase one" deal in their yearlong trade war.

    A deal had originally been suggested for December, but in London, Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said it may be delayed until after the 2020 US Presidential election in November

    Having passed the US House of Representatives by a vote of 407 to 1, the Uyghur act will now head to the US Senate for approval, before being sent to Trump.

    US, China tensions

    The passage of the bill comes after two sets of leaked documents published by global media threw a spotlight on the mass detention of Uyghurs and other minority groups in Xinjiang.
    The documents appeared to show the camps were set up under orders of the top Communist Party leadership to restrict the Uyghurs' religion and culture practices while bringing them closer to China's majority Han population.


    The Chinese government has long maintained the camps are voluntary "vocational training centers," which have successfully worked to secure and "de-radicalize" the region.
    The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act is the second piece of major US legislation denouncing allegations of Chinese human rights abuses to pass the House in less than a month.
    US President Trump signed into law the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act on November 27 in response to growing concerns that the city's special freedoms were being undermined by Beijing.

    In response, the Chinese government banned all US military visits to Hong Kong. Beijing has strongly condemned the US laws and accused Washington of supporting and perpetuating violence in the Asian financial hub. Source
     
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  2. damm1t

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    How strange it's that Usa is doing something good for just pressing on China. If this case would have been in another country, probably they wouldn't care. Anyway this is a positive development from our point of view.
     
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    <cough>Kashmir...<cough>
     
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  4. Hamartia Antidote

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    No use pointing at us for not caring considering every other country on this planet have been doing absolutely nothing themselves. So it's not like we are finally joining some consensus.
     
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  5. Pakhtoon yum

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    The fact that the most twisted country does care makes it incredibly strange.
     
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    Good development. Appreciate it. I dont believe that there are 1 million Uigyur on the vocational camp but there are indeed some Uigyur being forced to do vocational training without any right to pray 5 times daily and not secured about the food whether it is halal or not (based on Indonesian delegation complaint on the camp).
     
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    Doesn't that make all the countries of the world twisted since they don't care.
     
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  8. Pakhtoon yum

    Pakhtoon yum SENIOR MEMBER

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    I wouldn't be talking, you belong to a country that's killed more innocent people in recent history then anyone else combined. Aboriginals, Mexicans, spanish, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Filipinos, japanese pre WW2, Syrian, Libyan, Iraqi, Afghan and others.
     
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    Also very odd that a mostly Christian country is calling out an atheist country for it's treatment of Muslims, whereas not a single peep out of any Muslim countries. Countries that call themselves Islamic are looking the other way at the treatment being handed out to their own Muslim brothers! explain THAT!
     
  10. beijingwalker

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    US congress also passed multiple bills over Tibet, but did the US win the Tibet fight?

    US just passed a Xinjiang bill today and a Hong kong bill a couple of days ago, 10 years ago they passed several Tibet bills and gave Dalai Lama the Nobel peace prize, they can pass as many bills as they want, but today's China is just unstoppable and they can never win a fight against China.

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    I want full economic, financial and technological sanctions on Chinese banks, Chinese companies and Chinese individuals. They get no access to US technology, no access to the US banking and financial system, no access to US Universities, and very high tariffs placed on all Chinese goods entering the US forcing Western multinationals to move factories out of China.

    We are moving in that direction. Chinese retaliation against the US will accelerate this process. I’ve been wanting the US to do this for a very long time. I’m extremely delighted.
     
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    You, as an Australian, don't have any say on what US or China should do, how about try to ask your Australian government to grow some spine and do what they want US to do in Australia?

    China’s ‘game-changing’ position will ‘reset the world order', PM Scott Morrison says
    Scott Morrison says China is a global “game changer” and will “reset the world order”, saying it’s something Australians need to get used to.

    news.com.au
    DECEMBER 5, 20197:18AM

    Scott Morrison says China’s “game-changing” position will “reset the world order”, saying it’s something we all need to get used to.

    Speaking to Sky News Australia from Kirribilli House, the Prime Minister said China’s increased influence needed to be understood in terms of its rise.

    “China in our lifetime has gone from a developing country, one of not great economic size or scale and not a large military, to the second biggest economy in the world with one of the largest militaries,” he said.

    “So it’s obviously been the game-changing country of our era and our generation. That’s obviously going to reset the world order.

    “We just need to understand that in its context. They’re a much bigger country than they used to be with much more influence, and that’s just something the system has to absorb and adapt to.”

    Asked if the average Australian should be worried about China, he said “worry is not the word”.

    “One of the things I’ve always sought to do with China is make our relationship direct with them … and the other thing I say openly is we’re not looking to adopt your system, and you’re not going to adopt ours. There’s a few things we’re not going to agree on, but that’s fine, and there’s so much else going on.”

    The interview comes a couple of weeks after former prime minister Kevin Rudd lashed the Coalition’s relationship with China as self-serving, warning of a return of the “yellow peril”.

    “I will be the first to the barricades if the most recent national security legislation becomes a political vehicle for Hansonism and a return to the days of the yellow peril,” he said.

    “This approach … should be given effect as a legal and administrative process under Australian law, not as a populist witch-hunt.”

    He urged the Government to develop and regularly update a clear and consistent China strategy.

    “It would be negligent for Australia not to have our own,” he said.

    “It should be crystal clear about our national objectives in relation to China, just as it should be clear in its understanding of what China’s objectives are in relation to Australia.”

    https://www.news.com.au/national/po...s/news-story/70c8f203448b2d43cd9dd34e51e7d5da
     
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  13. Pakhtoon yum

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    You just answered your own question.
     
  14. Baby Leone

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    lol good joke by US:enjoy:

    US cares for muslims is the biggest joke of the year.:rofl:

    the same or even worst is happening in Kashmir and Palestine.

    but US is sleeping just because Israel is ally and India is lap dog of US to bark against China and Pakistan on US orders.
     
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    Good.

    Now US needs to move against India against India on Kashmir and Jews on Palestine.

    US needs to be consistent if it wants to be taken more seriously as otherwise it looks like an opportunist.
     
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