The Trump administration has announced further sanctions cracking down on Chinese Communist Party officials whom the United States believes have been involved in carrying out human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in western China.

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control revealed on Friday that it is leveling sanctions against the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, described as “a paramilitary organization” that is “subordinate” to the Chinese Communist Party and which operates in the Xinjiang Uighur Auton omous Region with the purpose of “enhancing internal control over the region by advancing China’s vision of economic development in XUAR that emphasizes subordination to central planning and resource extraction.” The Treasury Department sanctions will also hit the XPCC’s former political commissar Sun Jinlong as well as Deputy Party Secretary and XPCC Commander Peng Jiarui.

“The entity and officials are being designated for their connection to serious human rights abuse against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, which reportedly include mass arbitrary detention and severe physical abuse, among other serious abuses targeting Uyghurs … and other ethnic minorities in the region,” the Treasury Department said. “These designations are the latest U.S. government actions in an ongoing effort to deter human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared, “The United States is committed to using the full breadth of its financial powers to hold human rights abusers accountable in Xinjiang and across the world.”

 

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