US Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Paramilitary Unit Over Muslim Uighurs

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The US blacklisted, on Friday, a present and a former Chinese authorities officers, and a paramilitary group accused of being instrumental in Beijing’s crackdown on Turkic-Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang. 

The designations embody the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), Sun Jinlong, a former XPCC operative, and Peng Jiarui, a Chinese authorities official and XPCC commander, in keeping with the Treasury Department.

“As previously stated, 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,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mentioned in a press release.

The XPCC is a Chinese authorities paramilitary unit that operates in Xinjiang that “enhances internal control over the region by advancing China’s vision of economic development in XUAR that emphasizes subordination to central planning and resource extraction,” the Treasury mentioned utilizing an acronym that refers back to the northwestern autonomous area of Xinjiang.

The Xinjiang area is home to round 10 million Uighurs. The Turkic Muslim group, which makes up round 45% of Xinjiang’s inhabitants, has lengthy accused China’s authorities of cultural, spiritual and financial discrimination.

Up to 1 million individuals, or about 7% of the Muslim inhabitants in Xinjiang, have been incarcerated in an increasing community of “political re-education” camps, in keeping with US officers and UN specialists.

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