China says opposes U.S. House bill on Uighurs

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday it resolutely opposes the U.S. House of Representatives’ bill requiring the Trump administration to toughen its response to what the bill called China’s crackdown on ethnic minorities in the western region of Xinjiang.

The foreign ministry, in a statement attributed to spokeswoman Hua Chunying, said Xinjiang is China’s internal affair and urged the U.S. to correct its mistakes and stop the bill from becoming law.

China will respond further depending on the development of the situation, the statement said.

The U.S. House overwhelmingly backed the bill in a vote on Tuesday. It still has to be approved by the Senate before being sent to President Donald Trump, and the White House has yet to say whether Trump would sign or veto it.

Reporting by Se Young Lee and Huizhong Wu; Editing by Kim Coghill