On Monday, when Chinese state media suggested Beijing is prepared to release Xi's long-rumored "unreliable entities" list targeting US companies in retaliation for a series of affronts to the Party, the Global Times said the decision had been expedited.
"[The] US House is expected to pass a Xinjiang-related bill that will harm Chinese firms’ interests, prompting China to speed up the move", a tweet read.
Later, Hu Xijin elaborated in one of his now famous "based on what I know" social media posts.
"Based on what I know, since US Congress plans to pass Xinjiang-related bill, China is considering to impose visa restrictions on US officials and lawmakers who've had odious performance on Xinjiang issue", Hu said, in broken English. "It might also ban all US diplomatic passport holders from entering Xinjiang".
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Fast forward 24 hours and those "odious" US lawmakers have, in fact, passed legislation that would mandate sanctions on Chinese officials found to be liable for the repression of Turkic Muslims. In other words, this is the Uighurs measure, and Beijing is not going to be happy about it.
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