Sunday, January 16

China protests against US law restricting imports, accusing it of “disregarding the facts”

US President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a a law that prohibits the entry into the country of a wide range of products from the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, in the northwest of the country, and stipulated to impose sanctions on those responsible in that Chinese territory.

“That document disregards the facts, deliberately denigrates the human rights situation in Xinjiang, seriously violates international law and the basic norms of international relations, and itself represents gross interference in China’s internal affairs,” declared the Chinese Foreign Ministry, as reported by the Sputnik news agency.

“We urge the United States to promptly correct its mistakes and stop using Xinjiang-related affairs to spread lies, meddle in China’s internal affairs and try to stop the country’s development.” added the Chancellery.

A group of Western countries accuse Beijing of locking Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim and Turkish-speaking community in western China, in large labor camps.

The US authorities asserted that the Chinese approach to the Uighurs could be classified as “genocide”. Beijing categorically rejected that accusation.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry specified that the US on more than one occasion used Xinjiang to fabricate rumors and provoke incidents and – under the pretext of ensuring human rights – engaged in political manipulation and economic persecution, trying to undermine stability and prosperity. of Xinjiang and stop the development of China.

“We want to emphasize again that Xinjiang is exclusively an internal matter of China,” Foreign Ministry highlighted.

The text added that “The resolve of the Chinese government and people to defend their national sovereignty, security and development interests is unshakable.”

In addition, he warned that Beijing will react according to the development of the situation.

The law, which came into effect yesterday after Biden’s signing, had already been unanimously approved by the US Senate on December 16.

When signing the text, the president thanked Republican Senator from Florida Marco Rubio, one of the authors of the bill.

The rule was adopted despite a lobbying campaign by companies that argued that the measure will hamper global supply chains, already heavily pressured by the coronavirus pandemic.

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