The United States of America along with its allied nations Canada, the European Union and Britain announced multiple sanctions on Chinese officials. The group claims that the Chinese officials had linked US officials in a genocide campaign against Uyghur Muslims.
U.S And Allies Sign Retaliatory Sanctions Against China
The international and coordinated sanctions are signed for the condemnation and retaliatory sanctions against the Chinese officials. This move further impacts the relationship between the US and China and the trans-Atlantic allies which further leads to increasing China’s ambitions and internal conflicts.
However, some see the sanctions as an opportunity for Joe Biden’s administration to justify their relevance towards the allies. This further comes as an opportunity to distinguish Biden’s foreign policy from the previous President Donald Trump’s policies.
The policy comes after a tense meeting between the US and the Chinese officials in Alaska, US. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that there is a growing international condemnation against China amidst the committed genocide and crimes against humanity.
He further said that the US strongly condemns the actions taken by China and urged them to end the repression of the Uyghurs. They also want China to release the ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang from the internment camps and other detention facilities.
Blinken said in a statement that the UK, Canada and the EU are imposing various sanctions to demonstrate the ongoing commitment towards respect for human rights. They also want to hold the Chinese government responsible for the atrocities they commit.
US Accuses China Of Threats To International Order
The US sanctions have targeted two of the Chinese officials. It includes the Secretary of the Party Committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, Wang Junzheng, and the Director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau, Chen Mingguo.
As per the US Treasury Department, the XPCC is a paramilitary organization that aims to control the region as part of China’s economic vision. It further works in the subordination of the plannings and resource extraction to fulfill the vision.
The department also said that ever since 2016, XPSB has used various repressive tactics against the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the region which also includes detentions and surveillance.
Blinken was amongst the officials who met China last week. He further warned them that the US does not see the human rights violations in Xinjiang as internal conflicts. He accused them of posing a threat to the international order.