The Trump administration on Tuesday placed visa restrictions on Chinese officials it "believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the detention and abuse of" Muslim minorities in China's northwestern Xinjiang region.

That followed a Monday move to blacklist 28 Chinese companies alleged to be involved in surveillance and detention of minority groups in China.

Both announcements came just days ahead of a high-level trade meeting set to take place in Washington on Thursday and Friday.

It does not set a good tone, that's tactically.

Strategically, all these actions — I think — are causing the Chinese to wonder: 'What is the US' real motive here?'"

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