Highlights:

  • The Treasury Department stated that the restrictions are authorized under the Magnitsky Act 2016
  • It is a major upswing of the Trump administration’s latest sign of strained ties between Washington and Beijing.

Washington: The U.S sanctioned a top Chinese entity and two individuals for ‘serious human rights abuses’ against Uighurs in the western region of Xinjiang, which is a major upswing of the Trump administration’s latest sign of strained ties between Washington and Beijing. It happened amid the coronavirus pandemic, where China moves to curb disagreement in Hong Kong and a debate over the use of Chinese technology by the US and the allies.

The Treasury Department stated that the restrictions are authorized under the Magnitsky Act 2016, includes individuals Chen Quanguo, who is the secretary of the Xinjiang party and sits on the 25-member Politburo. Another one was the Zhu Hailum who is the party secretary of the Xinjiang Political and Legal Committee. They are also the current and former directors of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau.

The step that the US took is tied to the widespread imprisonment of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang. The policy they applied was highly criticized by the top American officials as well as the human rights clusters. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in the statement remarked that the United States is committed to using the full breadth of its financial powers to hold human rights abusers accountable in Xinjiang and across the world.

The tensions between the U.S. & China have escalated, with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo recently forming the Asian nation’s leaders as tyrants. Whereas the President, Donald Trump has repeatedly called Covid-19 the “China borne virus”. He also had pledged to penalize the country for creating and covering up for the virus and causing the global pandemic resulting in economic and financial deflation.

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