Beijing, on Thursday, warned the United States of “consequences” and threatened to “hit back”  after US President Donald Trump signed the Uighur Human Rights Act into law on Wednesday. Criticising the new US law that authorizes sanction against Chinese officials over the mass incarceration of minority Muslims, especially Uighurs, Beijing asked the US to “immediately correct its mistakes”.

In a statement, the Chinese foreign ministry said, “this so-called act deliberately slanders the human rights situation in Xinjiang and maliciously attacks China’s policy in governing Xinjiang”.

The ministry said the new law “maliciously attacks” China’s policy in the Xinjiang region and China will “resolutely hit back and the US will bear the burden of all subsequent consequences”.

The legislation allows the US administration to decide which Chinese officials can be held responsible for the “arbitrary detention, torture and harassment” of Uighurs and other minorities. Then, accordingly, the US can freeze any assets the officials hold in the country and ban their entry as well.

“The Act holds accountable perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses such as the systematic use of indoctrination camps, forced labor and intrusive surveillance to eradicate the ethnic identity and religious beliefs of Uyghurs and other minorities in China,” Trump had said in a statement.

According to the activists, China is trying to wipe out the culture of one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims. Beijing says that it is running vocational educational centers in the region as an alternative to Islamic extremism.