ISTANBUL: Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi held talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara on Thursday. Meanwhile, Uighur muslims stood up in protest against the treatment of their ethnic kin in the farwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang.
China approved an extradition treaty between the two nations in December. As the deal awaits ratification by Ankara’s parliament, activists among some 40,000 Uighurs in Turkey have stepped up efforts to highlight their plight.
The Turkish foreign ministry said regional, global issues as well as bilateral relations will be discussed during Wang’s visit. He will meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at 1100 GMT.
Ankara’s dependence on China for Covid-19 vaccines have fuelled Uighurs’ worries. It has received 15 million doses from Sinovac Biotech and ordered tens of millions more. This week, Turkey received 1.4 million doses of Germany’s BioNTech, the first significant batch of non-Chinese vaccines.
Around 300 protestors gathered in Istanbul, and chanted “Dictator China” and “Stop Uighur Genocide, Close the Camps.” Some waved the blue-and-white flags of the independence movement of East Turkestan, the name by which it refers to Xinjiang.
Uighurs hold regular protests in the capital Ankara and the largest city Istanbul to protest against their treatment by China.
UN experts estimate at least a million Uighurs and other Muslims are held in detention centres in northwest China’s Xinjiang. US said in January that China has committed “genocide and crimes against humanity” by repressing Uighurs.
News Source: The Times Of India