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Senate passes China sanctions bill after White House relents

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“They were able to reach some accommodation with the Treasury, and so the White House apparently didn’t object,” Hawley stated in a short interview after his decision and the sanctions bill had been adopted unanimously.

According to an aide, Van Hollen and Toomey amended their bill barely after the White House proposed its adjustments, which had been minor and didn’t seem to weaken the laws.

Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) have launched a companion bill within the House.

The breakthrough got here as lawmakers of each events have pushed President Donald Trump to reply extra aggressively to an array of actions taken by China in current months, from its dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic to alleged human-rights abuses focusing on non secular minorities within the nation’s Xinjiang area.

“It starts with Hong Kong, but we know what Beijing wants to do. They want to impose their will on the whole Asia-Pacific region,” Hawley stated, including that he has instructed the president immediately that the U.S. ought to use “all tools at our disposal to send a message” to China.

Despite Thursday’s settlement, there is no such thing as a assure that the sanctions shall be absolutely carried out. The Trump administration has declined to implement a number of necessary sanctions over time, together with ones focusing on Russia for its interference within the 2016 presidential election.

Last week, Trump signed a bill that requires his administration to call potential targets of sanctions over China’s continued detention of Uighur Muslims, a spiritual minority; however in an accompanying signing assertion, the president stated he would deal with a key provision as “advisory and non-binding.”

Trump additionally acknowledged in an interview final week that he initially declined to implement sure sanctions towards China over its detention of Uighurs, with the intention to salvage his commerce cope with the nation — a transfer that might increase his reelection bid.

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