US Pushes For Uighur Act Endangering Trade Deal With China

The United States moves for passing a bill to hold a tough stand against the way Beijing is treating its Uighur Muslim minority might impact the US-China relations in the long run.

An attempt to end a trade war might come to the end of a knot, Chinese officials have communicated so to the concerned officials in Washington.

The U.S. House’s approval of the Uighur Act of 2019 still awaits approval from the Republican-controlled Senate before being sent to Trump. This step has left Beijing irritated and angry and could further strain a relationship that is already facing choppy waters.

The US has already passed a bill in favor of protestors in Xinjiang over the protection of human rights, a step with China saw as a violation of its sovereignty and interference by a foreign country. The outburst was curtailed keeping in mind prospects of entering into a successful first phase of a trade agreement.

However, US interference now in the context of the Muslim Uighur minority might not be able to hold this outburst after all. The world economy and the US market faces volatile stocks due to Trump’s recent statement that a successful China-UA agreement might see the light of day only by late 2020.

Till then, a new round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods is scheduled to take effect in less than two weeks. Therefore, the possibility of another breakdown is also growing. Sources in China have said that this step could lead to retaliatory tariffs by China-a hugely unsatisfactory outcome that would seriously disrupt ongoing negotiations and hurt the world economy at large.

The Uighur bill was passed 407-1 in the Democratic-controlled House. The bill will stand for condemnation of abuse against Muslims and call for the closure of mass detention camps in its western region of Xinjiang.

Trump will then be obligated to impose sanctions for the first time on a member of China’s powerful politburo, Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo.

Beijing, in its response, has called the bill a malicious attack on China, demanded the United States keep it from becoming law and said it would act to defend its interests as necessary.

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