China Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press conference at the 2018 Beijing Summit Of The Forum On China-Africa Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People, Tuesday Sept. 4, 2018, in Beijing, China. The two-day summit in Beijing bringing together the leaders of China and 53 African nations ended Tuesday, with a joint declaration. (Lintao Zhang/Pool via AP) ORG XMIT: LRC110

As you know, since 2017 hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang province of China have been unjustly arrested and imprisoned in what the Chinese government calls "political re-education camps." Thousands have reportedly disappeared. Many are tortured and killed for the sole reason of being an Uighur. The lucky ones are forced to learn Communist ideology under barrels of guns. Religious and cultural freedoms of the largest minority in China are being suppressed and systematic ethnic cleansing is perpetrated by the government of Xi Jinping.

Ambassador Kelley Currie at the UN has already called on the Chinese government to end its repressive policies in Xinjiang. But it's not enough. Washington must impose sanctions on senior Chinese officials for human rights abuses under the Global Magnitsky Act.

China's new retaliatory tariffs on liquefied natural gas, chemicals hit home for Louisiana

Elkhan Akhundov

educator

Baton Rouge