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China tells US to stop playing Xinjiang card

IANS  |  Beijing 

on Wednesday told the US to stop interfering in its domestic affairs on the pretext of Uighurs in and warned that bilateral ties will be hurt if it slapped sanctions against senior Chinese officials.

The on Tuesday said it was worried over Beijing's "worsening crackdown" on Uighur Muslims in China's far western province.

A news report also said that was weighing options to put sanctions on the Chinese officials involved in the policy making in the restive region.

"The Chinese are always opposed to the US using the related issues to interfere in China-related affairs," said at a press briefing.

"The protects people's freedom of religion and people of all ethnic groups are fully entitled to freedom of religion.

"If the relevant report is true, we urge the relevant party to respect the fact, abandon prejudices and stop taking actions that may harm the China-US mutual trust and cooperation," Geng added.

Xinjiang is home to over half of China's 24 million Muslims. Majority of the Muslims in this region are Turkic-speaking Uighurs who sees as secessionists.

There are reports of detaining up to 1 million Muslims in indoctrination camps in the region. The UN and human rights organisation have expressed concerns over the issue.



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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 14:24 IST