China hints US blacklist imminent in threat to trade talks

2 2019 shows buildings at the Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained north of Kashgar in China's northwestern Xinj

China Bans All US Diplomats From Entering Muslim Xinjiang

Earlier on Monday, Beijing slapped punitive measures on Washington in retaliation for the latter's backing of the widespread ongoing protests in Hong Kong, announcing sanctions on NGOs and suspending visits by USA warships and aircraft.

Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin went further on Twitter, saying that USA officials may face visa restrictions and US passport holders could be banned from entering the province.

The recent Chinese retaliation on Hong Kong and Xinjiang issue is not likely to have any effect on the US-China trade negotiations.

The editor-in-chief of the Chinese and English editions of the Global Times, Hu Xijin, said Tuesday, citing sources, that Beijing could impose "visa restrictions on United States officials and lawmakers who've had odious performance on Xinjiang issue". A re-escalation of trade tensions also places more focus on a December 15 deadline for Trump to add yet more tariffs on Chinese imports. China stands accused of incarcerating as many as a million Uighurs as part of an anti-terrorism campaign, actions it describes as voluntary re-education. The vote comes shortly after Trump signed into law a bill that supports pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong by placing the city's special trading status under annual review and threatening sanctions on officials who undermine its semi-autonomy from Beijing.

The Senate unanimously approved its own version last September, but the House also includes requirements of the president to sanction responsible Chinese government officials and restricts the exports of data-gathering devices, the Bloomberg news agency reported.

Members of Congress are hoping to design a joint version of the bill which could be passed before the end of the year.

The president would be required to impose visa and financial restrictions under the Global Magnitsky Act on the listed individuals.

USA lawmakers reportedly intend to vote in support of a "Xinjiang-related bill", new legislation that will allow United States authorities to punish Bejing over alleged human rights violations.

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