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VP Pence Signals US Plans To Sanction Top China Officials Over Human Rights Abuse

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Having  cancelled his apparently “too hawkish” speech just a few weeks ago, presumably in the hopes of maintaining the trade truce with China, Axios reports that Vice President Mike Pence has signaled that the Trump administration is open to using the Global Magnitsky Act to sanction top officials in Xinjiang, China, where more than 1 million Uighur Muslims are being held in internment camps, according to a Chinese religious freedom advocate who met with Pence at the White House Monday.

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As a reminder, in an attempt to justify its treatment of ethnic Uighur and other Muslims in Xinjiang, the Chinese government released a white paper in March detailing the state’s anti-terror activity in the autonomous region, claiming that it has adopted a policy that “strikes the right balance between compassion and severity” in its de-radicalization measures.

According to its statistics, China has arrested 12,995 terrorists in the region since 2014 while also seizing over 2,000 explosive devices. Connected to 4,858 religious activities deemed illegal, a total of 30,645 people are said to have been punished. Furthering the focus on religion, Statista’s Martin Armstrong details that 345,229 copies of illegal religious materials are also listed as having been confiscated. The government says that Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists and cites 30 attacks since 1990 which they classify as acts of terror, claiming the lives of 458 people.

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The Chinese state’s actions in the region remain under international scrutiny. Last year, a United Nations human rights panel said that it had received multiple credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs are being held in what it describes as a “massive internment camp”, under the guise of combating religious extremism. The U.S. mission to the UN tweeted in response to these findings that it is “deeply troubled by reports of an ongoing crackdown on Uighurs and other Muslims in China”, calling on China to “end their counterproductive policies and free all of those who have been arbitrarily detained”.

And now, as Axios details, Bob Fu, founder of ChinaAid, said that Pence also told him that he planned to give a second speech about China in the fall to address religious freedom issues. Beijing has been paying close attention to Pence’s plans for a second speech, as the vice president has been at the forefront of the administration’s confrontation with China. So hawkish was a speech Pence gave in October that the New York Times framed it as a portent of a “New Cold War.”

The headlines, via Axios, prompted selling in stocks as it clearly signals continued escalation of the broader war with China.

Finally, Axios reports that Pence had printed copies of his and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent speeches on China to demonstrate that the administration has been clear about its views on Xinjiang, Fu said.

Pence’s meeting with the Chinese human rights advocates on Monday came on the same day President Trump took another step to escalate his economic conflict with China. Just hours after the meeting, the Treasury Department labeled China a currency manipulator.

via zerohedge

6 COMMENTS

  1. Muslims are clearly THE #1 terror threat worldwide.
    Jihadist Psychopath: How he is Charming, Seducing & Devouring Us. JAMIE GLAZOV.
    The evidence is being supressed. People are being silenced. We are harassed & violently intimidated to keep us from speaking out. We are living in a Soviet style repression in our schools & media & our streets (Antifa incites riots). We are being set up for world war, & it has already begun.

  2. Just like the 700yrs of terror in Europe euphemistically called the Ottoman Empire, we are now entering what will be centuries of worldwide Islamic terror . That we are not pemitted to speak of it is clear proof of Islamic domination.

    • True, but Islamic aggression has been going on (off and on) for the last 1400+ years – in other words, for as long as there has been an Islam. In fact, the Crusades were in response to Islamic aggression throughout the Middle East (and into North Africa, and into Europe, through Spain). The Islamic invasion of Europe was only turned around in 732 AD at the Battle of Tours (not far from Paris), by the grandfather of Charlemagne, Charles “The Hammer” Martel. The First Crusade was launched by the Pope in 1096 in response to a plea for help from the Byzantine emperor. In spite of the Crusades (and showing their tenacity) Constantinople finally fell to the moslems in 1453, ending the “Eastern Roman Empire” and ushering in the Ottoman Empire. By the way, I’m not afraid to speak my mind (discussing actual history). I have guns and ammo too.

  3. Obviously, by the tone of this article, the UN supports global terrorism. Global Muslim terrorism is a fact. That Islam is a culture if terror is a historical fact. That 80% of the Qur’an is a book of terrorism advocating h commanding terror & enslavement & world domination against all unbelievers & even against each other is a historical facf.

    What kind of SUCKERS just sit around & let their people be destroyed?

  4. Religious tolerance is ridiculed by muslims. Toleranice toward terrorists, especially those with a horrific 1400yr history of the most horrific & constant terrorism, is insane. Only the worst & mist degraded kind of ignorant SUCKERS would stand by & let happen the things that already have happened at the hands of these monsters.
    White supremacy is defamatory political-marxist-academic HOAX aimed at the entirety of white people, which includes Spanish, Jews & blacks. The mainstream media is fully responsible & knows it.

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