China’s foreign Ministry urges US to abandon prejudice and not to harm relations with sanctions

© RIA Novosti / Maria Chapligina the people of China. Archival photoChina’s foreign Ministry urges US to abandon prejudice and not to harm relations with sanctions© RIA Novosti / Maria Chaplygina

Beijing urged Washington to abandon prejudices and harmful to bilateral relations of action against the backdrop of recent reports of possible sanctions from the United States because of alleged violations of the rights of Muslims in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region, said at a briefing on Wednesday, foreign Ministry spokesman China Geng Shuang.

On Monday, the New York Times, citing unnamed US officials said that the us administration is considering imposing sanctions against Chinese officials and companies amid reports of «perevoplotilsya camps» for Muslims in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region.

«China has always opposed the use of the question, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region as a pretext to interfere in China’s internal Affairs. The Chinese government protects the freedom of religion and the religious beliefs of all ethnic groups living in China have the right to freedom of religion,» said the diplomat.

According to him, «if the above statements (about consideration of a question on sanctions – ed.) is correct, we encourage the concerned party to respect the facts, abandon prejudices, to stop actions that could harm mutual trust and cooperation between the US and China.»

According to the newspaper, U.S. economic sanctions, if approved, will be the first imposed against China because of human rights violations. The sanctions will restrict supply from the US to China-observing technologies that are used by the security agencies of China to monitor ethnic Uighurs.

Previously, experts of the UN Committee on the elimination of racial discrimination in the published report, reported that up to one million ethnic Uighurs may be in «perevoplotilsya camps» in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region of China.

UN high Commissioner for human rights also criticized China and demanded of the government to admit observers on the background of recent reports of «perevoplotilsya camps» in Xinjiang province.