On Thursday, the US Senate approved legislation calling on the president’s administration, “Donald Trump“, to tighten the response to China‘s campaign against the Muslim minority Uighur Turks and impose sanctions against senior officials there.
The draft resolution, which was unanimously approved by the Republican-dominated Senate and submitted by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, also requires the State Department to submit a report document the violations of the Muslim minority in China.
The legislation is referred to the House of Representatives, which must be approved before it is sent to the White House, in order for Trump to sign it or veto it.
Late last year, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation to respond to China’s treatment of Uighurs.
The legislation called for sanctions against senior Chinese officials responsible for the campaign against Muslims in Xinjiang, which angered China.
This is Washington’s latest way to “punish” China, as the Trump administration blames Beijing for the worsening of the Corona virus pandemic.
Last August, a United Nations human rights committee reported that China is holding about a million Muslim Uighurs in secret camps in the Xinjiang (East Turkestan) Autonomous Region.
According to official statistics, there are 30 million Muslims in China, of whom 23 million are Uighurs, while unofficial reports estimate the number of Muslims at nearly 100 million, or about 9.5 percent of the population.
Since 1949, Beijing has controlled the territory of “East Turkestan”, which is the home of the Muslim “Uighurs” Turks, and it calls it “Xinjiang”, which means “the new frontier.”