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US May Make Rare Move Against China

White House considers penalties over human rights issue, the treatment of Uighur Muslims
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2018 12:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump has been quick to go after China on trade issues, but the New York Times reports his administration is poised to penalize Beijing on a human rights issue for perhaps the first time. The administration is considering sanctions in response to China's crackdown on minority Muslims, specifically ethnic Uighurs, in the name of national security.

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The AP reports an estimated 1 million Uighurs and other Muslims have been detained in interment camps in Xinjiang province for indoctrination by the officially atheist government, and their plight is a cause of growing international concern. Human Rights Watch, for example, declared in a report over the weekend "that the human rights violations in Xinjiang today are of a scope and scale not seen in China since the 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution." (China also is cracking down on Christianity.)

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