Washington: In a major backlash to China, the United States on Monday blacklisted 28 Chinese entities involved in a crackdown on Muslims in Xinjiang province.
“These twenty-eight entities have been determined by the US Government to be acting contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States,” the Commerce Department said in a notice published in the Federal Register.
“The U.S. government and Department of Commerce cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China,” New York Times quoted Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross as saying.
China has been condemned and accused internationally for cracking down on the minorities living in their countries and accused of oppressing the Uighur by sending them to mass detention camps, interfering in their religious activities and sending the community to undergo some form of forceful re-education or indoctrination.
Not only the United States but also the United Kingdom and Canada alarmed the issue of suppression of religious freedom by China and Pakistan and slammed the two Asian nations for “persecuting and repressing” their religious minorities.