US President Donald Trump signed an act into law on Wednesday that authorizes sanctions against Chinese authorities over the mass oppression of Uighur Muslims.
Trump’s announcement came as excerpts from an explosive new book by his former national security adviser John Bolton, who said the president told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that he approved the massive detention camps.
Trump was widely expected to sign the Uyghur Human Rights Act, which passed China almost unanimously amid widespread resentment over the treatment of the minority.
Trump said in a statement, “The Act is responsible for human rights violations and abuses in the form of systematic use of abusive camps, labor and intrusive surveillance.
The law requires the US administration to determine that Chinese officials are responsible for the “arbitrary detention, torture and harassment” of Uygars and other minorities.
The United States would then ban any property holding officials in the world’s largest economy and ban their entry into the country.
Trump, while signing the act, objected to a technical aspect of the law over his powers as president to end restrictions on individuals.
Activists say China has rounded up at least one million Uyghurs and other Ottoman Muslims and is forcing them to campaign forcibly with some modern precedents.
Beijing says it is running a vocational education center that offers an alternative to Islamic extremism.
According to The Washington Post, Bolton stated in his upcoming book that Xi explained Trump to the issue, who told him that the detention camp was “absolutely the right thing to do.”
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