US lawmakers call on Trump to help detained Chinese Muslims

By Yanan Wang and Dake Kang 
AP
October 10 at 11:50 AM

BEIJING — A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers wants President Donald Trump to help Muslims respond to a sweeping crackdown in China’s northwest.

The group proposed legislation on Wednesday that would urge Trump to condemn “gross violations” of human rights in the Xinjiang region, where the U.N. estimates that as many as 1 million Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities are being held in arbitrary detention. It would call on Trump to press his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to close the “political re-education camps” immediately.

The legislation, proposed by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, would also support an existing push for sanctions against Xinjiang Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo and other officials under the Magnitsky Act, which would prevent Chen from entering the U.S. and freeze any assets he has in U.S. banks.

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