China considers banning ‘odious’ US politicians over Xinjiang criticism


State-run Global Times suggests visa restrictions are coming and that Hong Kong-related sanctions are just the beginning

US diplomats may soon be barred from entering Xinjiang, the far north-western Chinese region where more than a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are believed to be detained in internment camps.

Hu Xijin, editor of the state-run Global Times, said Beijing was considering banning all US diplomatic passport holders from entering Xinjiang in retaliation for US legislation that would punish Chinese officials for human rights abuses.

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