Beijing (USA) | Jagran News Desk: The United States on Tuesday imposed restrictions on visas of the Chinese government and Communist party officials till Beijing ends its ‘repression’ of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of the country.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited the decision of the Commerce Department on Monday to add 28 Chinese public security bureaus and companies - including video surveillance company Hikvision - to a US trade blacklist over Beijing's treatment of Uighur Muslims and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities.

“China has forcibly detained over one million Muslims in a brutal, systematic campaign to erase religion and culture in Xinjiang,” Pompeo said in a Tweet.

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“China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad,” he added.

However, the Chinese Embassy in Washington slammed the move by the US government and said that it is ‘interfering’ in its internal matter.

“The US decision seriously violates the basic norms governing international relations, interferes in China's internal affairs and undermines China's interests. China deplores and firmly opposes that,” said the Chinese Embassy in a tweet.

“Xinjiang does not have the so-called human rights issue claimed by the US. The accusations by the US side are merely made-up pretexts for its interference,” it added.

This is not the first time when the US has raised the Uighur Muslim issue. The US has been increasingly vocal denunciations about China's actions in Xinjiang. Last week, Pompeo had alleged that China "demands its citizens worship government, not God" in a press conference in the Vatican. While in July more than 20 countries at the UN Human Rights Council signed a joint letter criticising China's treatment of the Uighurs and other Muslims.

(With Reuters inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma