A bipartisan group of lawmakers has taken the Trump administration to activity for its “insufficient response” to China’s alleged “inhumane persecution” of Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority, within the province of Xinjiang.
In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the lawmakers — led by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Home Committee on Overseas Affairs — upbraided the administration for not taking “significant motion” in opposition to Beijing regardless of allegations that President Xi Jinping’s authorities had “systematically” denied Uighurs “their primary freedoms and created applications of mass surveillance and internment.”
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), the chairman and rating member of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation; and Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), rating member of the Subcommittee on Africa, World Well being, World Human Rights and Worldwide Organizations had been the opposite signatories on the letter.
The lawmakers famous that they’d written to the State Division four months in the past about this very concern, however, nothing substantial had been finished.
“We write right this moment with a renewed sense of urgency on this critical matter,” they wrote. “Of specific concern are stories of U.S. firms which may be contributing to Beijing’s persecution of Uighurs by means of their help or business ties to Hikvision and Dahua — two Chinese language tech giants which have profited from the surge of safety spending in Xinjiang,” the lawmakers mentioned.
In addition, they expressed alarm at a Reuters report revealed in January that mentioned Frontier Companies Group, an organization backed by former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, was constructing a “coaching facility” in Xinjiang.