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"Genocide" of the Uighurs: China says it is "firmly opposed" to the vote of French deputies

2022-01-21T08:07:53.297Z

The country denounced an "interference" after the vote by French deputies of a non-binding text denouncing the Chinese genocidal policy against the Turkish-speaking minority.



China said Friday, January 21 "

firmly opposed

" to the resolution adopted the day before by the French National Assembly, which described as "

genocide

" the treatment by the Chinese authorities of the Uighur Muslim minority.

Mostly Sunni Muslims, the Uighurs are the main ethnic group in Xinjiang (northwest China), a semi-desert region long scarred by attacks.

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French MPs on Thursday adopted a non-binding resolution stating that the National Assembly "

officially recognizes the violence perpetrated by the authorities of the People's Republic of China against the Uighurs as constituting crimes against humanity and genocide.

and that it "

condemns

" them.

The text “

invites the French government

” to do the same.

"

The resolution of the French National Assembly (...) ignores reality and common sense in terms of law

," said Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This constitutes gross interference in China's internal affairs.

China is firmly against it

,” he said at a regular press conference.

A qualifier regularly used by Westerners

Xinjiang has long been hit by bloody attacks attributed to Islamists or Uighur separatists. The region has been the subject of a drastic surveillance policy for several years. Western studies, based on interpretations of official documents, testimonies of alleged victims and statistical extrapolations, accuse Beijing of having interned in "

camps

" at least a million people, mostly Uighurs, of carrying out sterilizations and abortions. "

forced

" or to impose "

forced labour

".

China denies these accusations and presents the "

camps

" as "

vocational training centers

" intended to keep the inhabitants away from religious extremism.

They would now be closed because all “

students

” would have “

completed their training

”.

Before the French National Assembly, the deputies of several Western countries (Belgium, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Canada) had qualified as "

genocide

" the treatment of the Uighurs by China.

The American administration also uses the same qualifier.

Source: lefigaro

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