China firmly opposes US Visa restriction, says treatment of Muslims is an internal matter
Beijing : The Chinese Embassy in Washington on Tuesday slammed the US imposition of visa restrictions on some Chinese entities on the lines of treatment of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.
The US decision "seriously violates the basic norms governing international relations, interferes in China's internal affairs and undermines China's interests.
"China deplores and firmly opposes that," an embassy spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
"Xinjiang does not have the so-called human rights issue claimed by the US The accusations by the US side are merely made-up pretexts for its interference," the spokesperson said.
On Monday, the China had blacklisted 28 Chinese entities claiming their involvement in rights violations and abuses targeting Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region.
According to the update in the US Federal Register, to be published on Wednesday, the banned entities include video surveillance company Hikvision, artificial intelligence companies Megvii Technology and SenseTime.
The ban comes at a time when both China and US are fighting over the trade policies.