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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this weekend said Beijing’s crusade against the Uighurs used to be an “attempt to erase its own citizens” and urged countries to withstand China’s demands to repatriate them, Reuters reported.
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Up to date: Sep 24, 2019 15:45 IST

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Reuters Photo)

China said US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo used to be making an attempt to “sow discord” with recent comments approximately its policy toward Muslim Uighurs in its far west region of Xinjiang, remedy that has been widely criticized by foreign governments and rights groups.

Pompeo this weekend said Beijing’s crusade against the Uighurs used to be an “attempt to erase its own citizens” and urged countries to withstand China’s demands to repatriate them, Reuters reported.

Central Asian countries “realize better than the United States the real situation in Xinjiang and people there enjoy a harmonious and happy life and non secular beliefs,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday. “Mr. Pompeo is now barking up the unsuitable tree and trying to sow discord between China and the central Asian countries.”

QuickTake: The Uighurs

“Whatever the United States says, we will be able to stay on our own class lesson and execute our Xinjiang policy to verify the sound development of this region,” Geng said, urging the United States to call off a assembly deliberate on the sidelines of the United Nations general meeting to speak about Xinjiang.

Geng’s comments came after China on Sunday issued a white paper arguing that it had improved the protection of human rights ahead of Oct. 1’s 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule, when mass celebrations are deliberate.

China has maintained that its crusade in Xinjiang is a fight against terrorism. Its detention of as many as one million Uighurs is a source of tension with the United States and its policies in Xinjiang have triggered calls for sanctions from lawmakers, rights advocates and non secular groups.

First Published:
Sep 24, 2019 15:41 IST

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