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Chinese citizens have suffered ever since communists took control of the government 70 years ago. But the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region have suffered human rights abuses like no other. Women have been forcibly sterilized and had forced abortions. They’re under mass surveillance, and over 1 million Uyghurs have been detained in prison, or what the communist government calls “reeducation camps.” This has led to international outcry, and finally, the US Senate is responding with economic sanctions on China. The Senate unanimously voted to ban all products made in Xinjiang from being imported into the US. It’s a good first step in responding to government abuses, and it’s a clear message that the U.S. is siding with the Chinese people.

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