US imposes visa restrictions on Chinese representatives

Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, announced that some representatives of the People’s Republic of China will be subject to US visa restrictions.

He indicated that those responsible for “repression against representatives of ethnic and religious minorities” will be subject to restrictions, specifically against officials whose policies target supporters of a particular religion. At the same time, Blinken did not indicate who exactly will be included in the “black list”.

Last year, the United States, the European Union, Canada and the United Kingdom imposed sanctions on China over human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Beijing responded with restrictive measures. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the restrictions were imposed on the West “based on rumors and misinformation.”

Experts from the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination have stated that up to one million ethnic Uyghurs could be in “re-education camps” in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that this information is incorrect.

In January 2022, China and the United Nations reached an agreement that the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, would visit Xinjiang without the right to question or investigate.


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