China said on Wednesday that it would resolutely oppose any U.S. move to impose sanctions against its officials and companies to punish Beijing for the alleged human rights violations against Uygur Muslims in the volatile Xinjiang province.
"We have a lot of tools at our disposal", she told reporters.
"The detention of as many as a million or more Uyghurs and other predominately Muslim ethnic minorities in "political reeducation" centers or camps requires a tough, targeted, and global response", they said in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Towards the end of the last month, a group of USA lawmakers asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to impose sanctions on seven Chinese officials, including Chen Quanguo, the Communist party chief in Xinjiang, saying he had overseen the crackdown. "I'm not going to get ahead of any potential activity that the US Government may take".
"I want to say that Xinjiang is enjoying overall social stability, sound economic development, and harmonious co-existence of different ethnic groups", he said at his daily press briefing.More news: Australia paper defends Serena Williams cartoon despite outrage
Instead of addressing any specific allegations of abuse in the Human Rights Watch report, spokesperson Geng Shuang 耿爽 attacked the NGO's credibility: "This organization has formed a habit of treating China with prejudice, distorting facts and stirring up troubles".
Last month, a United Nations rights panel said it had received credible reports that up to one million ethnic Uighurs may be held in extra-legal detention in Xinjiang, and called for them to be freed.
Xinjiang is home to at least eight million Muslim Uighurs.
Many interviewees said that more than half of their family are in prison, or political re-education camps.
Reports had been received of "patterns of human rights violations in other regions", added Bachelet, a former Chilean president, calling for Beijing to permit access for her staff across China, saying she expected discussions to start soon.More news: The Project: Harper Nielsen On Why She Won't Stand For The Anthem
Michelle Bachelet, the High Commissioner for Human Rights decried the treatment dished out to the Uighur community in China during her first remarks as head of the United Nations rights watchdog in Geneva, Switzerland.
The report follows recent allegations that China has detained roughly one million Uighurs and subjecting another two million to re-education programs.
Officials from the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said various reports from the region indicate that Muslims are "being treated as enemies of the state exclusively on the basis of their ethno-religious identity".
Hundreds of thousands have reportedly been detained in the northwest region of Xinjiang, where they're expected to denounce Islam and learn about Chinese culture.More news: McMaster to SC coast: ‘Leave now’ ahead of Hurricane Florence