July 31, 2020

US punishes China state-within-state in Xinjiang over rights

Washington (AFP) – The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a major paramilitary group with vast interests in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, accusing it of facilitating widespread abuses against Uighur Muslims.The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps has been seen as a state within a state, running its own towns, universities and media geared overwhelmingly toward China’s Han ethnic majority.The Treasury Department said it will freeze any US assets held by the body, known locally as the Bingtuan, and prohibit transactions with it.Calling China’s actions toward minoritie…

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