Chinese foreign minister says genocide claims ‘absurd’

Chinese foreign minister says genocide claims 'absurd'
Wang Yi also spoke about Hong Kong and recent unrest in Myanmar. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: China’s foreign minister Wang Yi says allegations his country is carrying out genocide against Uighurs are “ridiculously absurd” and “a complete lie.”

The Chinese foreign minister made the comments during his annual news conference on Sunday.

A number of nations, including the United States, have used the term ‘genocide’ to describe Chinese treatment of Uighur people.

It comes amid growing evidence of abuses at “re-education camps” for Muslim ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang province.

China has been accused of separating children from their families and carrying out forced sterilisations on Uighur women.

BBC investigations suggest that Uighurs are being used as forced labour and have revealed allegations of systematic torture and rape. China has banned BBC World News television over its coverage of the coronavirus and Uighur issue.

The UN says at least one million members of the Muslim minority Uighurs are being held in the camps, which Beijing says provide vocational training and are aimed at eradicating extremism.

But both the current and former US secretaries of state have described China’s treatment of Uighurs as genocide, as have the Dutch and Canadian parliaments.

The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines it as acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.

The terrifying allegations against China have prompted calls in some countries to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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