Chinese Diplomat Uses Twitter to Counter Allegations of Xinjiang-Related Rights Abuses

A senior Chinese diplomat in Pakistan has taken to social media to reject as "baseless" Western allegations that China is committing massive human rights abuses in its neighboring northwestern Xinjiang border region. Beijing is blamed by the U.S. and international rights defenders for reportedly running mass detention centers filled with ethnic Uighur and other Muslims to force them to denounce their religious beliefs. In a series of tweets in the past few days, Deputy Chief of the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad Lijian Zhao described the charges as "groundless." Instead, he asserted the Chinese government "protects its citizens' right to freedom and religious belief and people of all ethnic groups enjoy freedom of religious belief in accordance with law." Beijing maintains Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists, who plot attacks and fuel tension between the Uighur community and members of the ethnic Han Chinese majority. "Since the 1990s, thousands of terrorist incidents happened in Xinjiang. There is zero terrorist attack in 21 months," Zhao tweeted Tuesday. He went on to insist that sustained Chinese efforts have led to "social stability and a sound momentum" of economic development in the region. However, it was not possible to independently verify statistics Zhao shared on social media. Discussions are under way within the U.S. government on possible economic penalties in response to reports of Chinese rights abuses in Xinjiang. A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers recently wrote to the State Department asking for it to impose sanctions on Chinese officials allegedly overseeing the policies in Xinjiang. Beijing sees the U.S. using Xinjiang-related issues as interference in China's internal affairs. Pakistan-based diplomat Zhao uses his Twitter account to disseminate information about progress on China-funded infrastructure projects under construction in Pakistan. He is regarded as a celebrity among Pakistanis because of his... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Chinese Diplomat Uses Twitter to Counter Allegations of Xinjiang-Related Rights Abuses, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Chinese Diplomat Uses Twitter to Counter Allegations of Xinjiang-Related Rights Abuses





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 16 October



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