President Donald Trump says he has no sanction from Chinese officials for detaining Muslims in Xinjiang as he was in the middle of a trade deal. ”
Trump told the Axios news site that making a “big” deal meant he couldn’t impose “additional sanctions.”
China has organized about one million Uighurs and other ethnic groups in camps in Xinjiang for indoctrination and punishment, but refuses to mistreat them.
The question arose following allegations in a book by ex-Trump aide John Bolton.
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Bolton alleged that at a summit last year, Trump gave Chinese President Xi Jinping the green light on building camps in his western region, along with the US leader. saying it was “exactly the right thing to do.” Mr. Trump denies the allegation.
What does Mr. Trump say Axios?
The president’s remarks were made in an interview last Friday, which was later published by the news site on Sunday.
Axios said that when Mr. Trump asked why he stopped imposing further sanctions on Communist Party officials on the issue of camps, he said, “Well, we were in the middle of a major trade deal.
“And when you are in the middle of a negotiation, and then all of a sudden you are launching additional sanctions against – we’ve done a lot. I put the tariffs on China, which are much worse than any sanction you can think of. “
In a cruel trade war, the United States imposed tariffs on more than $ 360bn (£ 288bn) of Chinese products and China responded with tariffs on more than $ 110bn of the united states before a “phase of an agreement” was signed in january.
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Asked why he did not use the Global Magnitsky Act passed by Congress in 2016 to counter human rights abuses – Mr. Trump said “no one is mentioned specifically for me in relation to China”.
Axios also insisted Mr. Trump on the allegation of Mr. Bolton, his former national security adviser, that he had asked President Xi to help him win re-election by purchasing agricultural products from US farmers.
” Not at all. What I have said to everyone that we are dealing with, not just President Xi, I want to do business with this country. What is good for the country which is good for me.
“But I’m not going to say,‘ Oh, help me with my election. ’Why do I say that? “
What is China accused of in Xinjiang?
Activists say China is trying to assimilate Muslims into ethnic groups by force, by destroying their culture and banning their practices.
China says the camps in the Autonomous Territory are the education centers that target Islamic extremism.
In its March report said tens of thousands of Uighurs had been transferred outside of Xinjiang to work in factories across China.
Chinese state media said any transfer work was voluntary.
Modification of the calculation on China
President Trump has publicly stated bluntly about a truth that has deprived Congress and some in the administration of frustrated government for the past two years.
In the fall of 2018, the United States was on the verge of imposing sanctions on top of Chinese officials and entities involved in mass Uighur detention camps. Powered by a rare bipartisan request from lawmakers, state department officials and the National Security Council expressed support. But as Trump says, the idea has been put aside so as not to jeopardize trade negotiations with Beijing.
In May of this year, several months after the first phase of a trade deal was finally won, Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to protect Uighurs from human rights. Although Mr. Trump eventually signed into law, it is not yet clear if he will act.
An economic history treaty with China would serve as one of the pillars of his re-election campaign, but the tensions around the pandemic might be changing as calculation. The administration has reported that it can punish Beijing for the first coronavirus epidemic, and has denounced its new law on the safety of Hong Kong governors. Fury with China today is a big election campaign, and one that can influence any action on the Uyghurs of repression.
What action did WE take?
The Administration’s trump card has been criticized for failing to target China more and more openly on human rights.
However, some elements of the government have been publicly critical of China’s treatment of the Uighurs.
The state department leveled the charge of torture and ill-treatment. She, along with the Commerce Department, imposed sanctions on Chinese officials in Xinjiang.
There are some import restrictions on Chinese companies, visa bars on some senior Chinese officials, and some bans on goods produced under forced labor – but that’s no longer the Treasury’s sanctions.
Last Wednesday, the president signed legislation authorizing sanctions against Chinese officials in more than Xinjiang, but said he will decide on their use.
On Monday, the United States designated four Chinese media outlets as foreign diplomatic missions.
China Central Television, China News Service, the People’s Daily and the Global Times, are in fact “point of sale propaganda” and not the media, the US Department of State said.
They will be required to provide information on their personnel to the United States government, and the list of real estate transactions. They will not be limited in their reports.
Earlier this year, the United States took similar action against five other Chinese media, including the official news agency Xinhua, China.
These outlets were ordered to cut a number of Chinese nationals working for them in the United States.
China responded by expelling journalists from three American newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post.