It is common sense that Xinjiang affairs are purely China's internal affairs.
Republican Thomas Massie, from Kentucky, voted against the Uighur bill.
The UIGHUR Act notes that the communist Chinese government "has a long history of repressing Turkic Muslims, particularly Uighurs, in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region".
Resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of Central Asia, Xinjiang is key to China's growing energy needs.
Among these include the mass internment of more than one million Uyghurs and other predominantly ethnic Turkic Muslims, as well as Beijing's intimidation and threats against United States citizens and legal permanent residents on American soil.
The United States has expressed particular concern over the alleged mass internment of the Muslim population, with Chinese authorities claiming it is necessary to combat terrorism and religious extremism. It urges Trump to impose sanctions for the first time on a member of China's powerful Politburo, Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo.
Hua Chunying, the foreign ministry spokesperson, said the move is a USA attempt to "poison ethnic relations" while "smearing and slandering China's successful ethnic policy".
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Western scrutiny of the region's labor conditions has intensified since a Wall Street Journal report in May that the supply chains of dozens of multinationals in the fashion and food industries put them at risk of using forced labor in Xinjiang.
The editor of the Global Times, a state-owned tabloid, said the government was weighing visa restrictions on certain US officials and a ban on entry into Xinjiang by holders of USA diplomatic passports.
"If you undermine China's interests, you will be hit back", China Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at Wednesday's daily news conference.
Hua said the Chinese government and people are determined about safeguarding national sovereignty, and that the United States attempt to contain China's growth under the pretext of Xinjiang-related issues will never succeed.
"Today, Congress took another important step to hold Chinese officials accountable for egregious and ongoing human rights abuses committed against the Uyghurs", he said.
Washington called the move "reciprocal", with a senior State Department official citing the inability of U.S. diplomats to meet with a range of Chinese officials and academics.
Last week, a US bill meant to show support to Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters was enacted, angering China which considers the move interference in its internal affairs.
China's envoy to america has mentioned the 2 nations have been making an attempt to resolve their variations over commerce, however warned that forces have been making an attempt to drive a wedge between the 2.
China, which denies any mistreatment of Uighurs, said the bill was an affront to its policies in Xinjiang and amounted to interference in its internal affairs. An amended version of the bill still has to be approved by the Senate before being sent to Trump.
Shen Yongxiang, vice president of the China Society for Human Rights Studies, said the bill "calls white black" under the guise of human rights and religion.