US Legislators to urge China sanctions over Xinjiang crackdown

US legislators will introduce legislation today urging the Trump administration to respond more strongly to China’s crackdown on Uighur Muslims, including possible sanctions.

According to a copy made available to newsmen, the bill will also ask President Donald Trump to condemn China’s actions in the Xinjiang region, call for the appointment of a new special coordinator for US policy on the issue, and press for a ban on the export of technology that Beijing could use in surveillance and mass detention of the minority Uighurs.

However, any decision to impose sanctions would be a rare move on human rights grounds against China, with which the Trump administration is engaged in a bitter trade war.

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