China has criticised the visa restrictions announced by the US on some Chinese officials over the country’s brutal regime to subject its Muslim minorities in Xinjiang through inhumane treatment. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday announced that visa restrictions will be applied against those Chinese officials, who are suspected of being involved in the detention and human rights abuses of millions of Uighurs Muslims and other minority groups in Xinjiang province.
According to Pompeo, visa restrictions will be against the ‘Chinese government and Communist Party officials who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the detention or abuse of Uighurs, Kazakhs or other members of Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang, China.’
China has forcibly detained over one million Muslims in a brutal, systematic campaign to erase religion and culture in Xinjiang. China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained, and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 8, 2019
Criticising the US government’s move, China said that it was tantamount to interference in its internal affairs. A report by Reuters said that the US visa restrictions seriously violated ‘the basic norms governing international relations, interferes in China’s internal affairs and undermines China’s interests.’
“Xinjiang does not have the so-called human rights issue claimed by the US The accusations by the US side are merely made-up pretexts for its interference,” A Chinese embassy spokesperson was quoted as saying.
China is accused of torturing hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Xinjiang by forcibly picking them up from their homes and keeping them in detention centres. The Chinese government has also reportedly destroyed hundreds of mosques, Muslim places of worships in the region.
Among those on the list of facing visa restrictions are Xinjiang province’s Public Security Bureau and 19 other smaller government agencies. Also facing the ban are Hikvision, Dahua Technology and Megvii Technology. They are among those eight companies that specialise in facial recognition technology. Hikvision is believed to be one of the largest surveillance equipment manufacturers in the world.