Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee and co-chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), issued a statement condemning the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over the mass disqualification. “The Chinese Communist Party’s determination to remake the city in its image is an outrage and a tragedy for those who support the cause of freedom,” Rubio stated. He said the Hong Kong government’s action “strips the Hong Kong people of their voice and secures Beijing’s control of the city.” “The U.S. and the international community must respond to these assaults by the CCP and assist Hong Kongers who will need protection from political persecution,” the Senator concluded. Since the Hong Kong government’s announcement of the mass disqualification, people have taken to the official Facebook account of…
The Trump administration on July 31 announced sanctions on current and former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials heading the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), a regional paramilitary force under the Party, as well as the XPCC itself.
The latest move builds upon sanctions issued earlier this month against four CCP officials—including a member of the CCP’s powerful Politburo Chen Quanguo—for their roles in overseeing the suppression in Xinjiang.
The United Nations estimates that more than a million Uyghur Muslims have been detained in internment camps in the Xinjiang region. Survivors of the internment camps said they experienced torture, rape, and political indoctrination while detained. Xinjiang residents are also subject to an expansive system of surveillance through a network of AI-enhanced security cameras, checkpoints, and the collection of biometric data.
XPCC; Sun Jinlong, former Party Secretary of the XPCC; and Peng Jiarui, the Deputy Party Secretary of the XPCC were sanctioned under the Global Magnitsky Act, a federal law that allows the U.S. government to target human rights violators around the world with freezes on U.S. assets and prohibitions on Americans doing business with them.
These designations also mean that Sun and Peng will be restricted from being able to travel to the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said regarding the latest sanctions: “The United States is committed to using the full breadth of its financial powers to hold human rights abusers accountable in Xinjiang and across the world.”
In his roles, Chen imposed “a comprehensive surveillance, detention, and indoctrination program in Xinjiang, targeting Uyghurs and members of other ethnic minorities. The XPCC has been directly involved in implementing these measures,” Pompeo explained.
“The XPCC enhances internal control over the region by advancing China’s vision of economic development…that emphasizes subordination to central planning and resource extraction,” a Treasury Department statement said.
“The XPCC’s structure reflects a military organization, with 14 divisions made up of dozens of regiments.”
The Trump administration also previously added 37 Chinese companies and government entities on a trade blacklist over their role in aiding human rights abuses and surveillance in Xinjiang.
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