U.S. 'looking at situation' on China's Muslim crackdown: U.S. official

U.S. 'looking at situation' on China's Muslim crackdown: U.S. official

13/09/18 - 12:46 - The United States is “looking at the situation” in China’s Xinjiang region where U.S. officials say there has been a crackdown on minority Muslims, a senior U.S. economic official said on Thursday.

“We are looking at the situation, and Global Magnitsky is a tool that we use to curb human rights abuses around the world,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh told a congressional hearing. She was responding to a question about possible sanctions against China for its treatment of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims.

Beijing has said Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks and stir up tensions between the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and members of the ethnic Han Chinese majority.

The Global Magnitsky Act allows the executive branch to impose visa bans and targeted sanctions on individuals anywhere in the world responsible for committing human rights violations or acts of significant corruption.

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