US Sanctions: China Replaces Xinjiang Party Leader Amid Forced Labor Allegations World news
The ruling Communist Party has replaced its leader in the volatile northwestern Xinjiang region Chen Quanguo, which was sanctioned by the United States last year for alleged human rights violations against the Uyghur Muslim minority in the region. distant.
Ma Xingrui, who was governor of Guangdong province, has been appointed the new party leader for Xinjiang.
“The CPC Central Committee has appointed Ma Xingrui as the new party leader for Xinjiang. Chen Quanguo, who is no longer secretary of the CPC Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Regional Committee, will be given another appointment, according to a decision of the CPC Central Committee, ”a statement released by the Xinhua News Agency said on Saturday.
The move to replace Chen, who previously served as party leader in Tibet, comes a day after US President Joe Biden signed a bill banning goods from Xinjiang unless companies can prove they are not. not made with forced local labor.
Rights groups have alleged the oppression of Uyghur Muslims in a region that occupies a major place in global supply chains.
China has always denied such claims.
Xinjiang is a source of cotton used in clothing and is a key location for the production of polysilicon used in solar panels, considered crucial in the shift away from fossil fuels on a global scale.
Chen has been accused by the United States, United Kingdom and the European Union of widespread human rights violations against Uyghurs, but is being tipped for promotion, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
The three Chinese officials sanctioned by the United States last year were Chen, Zhu Hailun, then Party secretary of the Xinjiang Political and Legal Committee, and Wang Mingshan, the Party secretary of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau.
China is fighting allegations of human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims in recent years from the West.
The allegations include the incarceration of around 1 million people from minority Muslim communities in detention camps, forced labor in manufacturing units in resource-rich Xinjiang, forced abortions and mass indoctrination.
Denying the allegations, Beijing says its security crackdown in Xinjiang targets the East Turkestan Islamic Separatist Movement (ETIM), which is accused of fueling terrorism and separatism in the region.
Beijing says it has opened vocational training and de-radicalization centers for people influenced by separatist forces.