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China Risks a Backlash to Secure a Western Buffer

Oct 12, 2018 | 10:30 GMT
This April 19, 2015, photo shows Uighur men gathering for afternoon prayers at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang. China's crackdown on Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang could result in U.S. sanctions.

This April 19, 2015, photo shows Uighur men gathering for afternoon prayers at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang. China's crackdown on Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang could result in U.S. sanctions.

(GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

International criticism is growing against China over its crackdown on Uighur Muslims and other minority groups in the western province of Xinjiang -- and now there are rumblings that Washington could impose targeted sanctions against Beijing as peer competition grows. The White House is reportedly considering all its options to increase pressure on China, including sanctions on human rights grounds that could cause wider international ramifications....

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