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China bristles at West over sanctions for Uighur crackdown

China bristles at West over sanctions for Uighur crackdown

BEIJING: China bristled Tuesday after western nations lined up to impose sanctions over its crackdown on Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, the first concerted international action against Beijing since Joe Biden took office.
Rights groups believe at least one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities have been incarcerated in camps in the northwestern region, where China is also accused of forcibly sterilising women and imposing forced labour.

Beijing has strongly denied the allegations and says training programmes, work schemes and better education have helped stamp out extremism in the region.
On Monday, the EU, Britain and Canada blacklisted four former and current officials in the Xinjiang region, while Washington, which had already sanctioned two of those officials in July 2020, added the other pair to the list.
New Zealand and Australia on Tuesday welcomed the measures, but both stopped short of introducing their own on China, a major export market for their goods.

Beijing snapped back immediately, announcing entry bans on 10 Europeans — including five members of the European Parliament — as well as two EU bodies and two think-tanks.
The head of the European Union delegation to China was summoned by the foreign ministry as Beijing went into attack mode, accusing the West of “lies” and “fabrications” over Xinjiang and downplaying the impact of the co-ordinated action.
“Frankly… we are not worried at all,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.

News Source: The Times Of India

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