News – AU – China claims it has not disclosed a genocide investigation in Xinjiang following Canadian reprimand

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Umer Jan, 12, is attending a rally to encourage Canada and other countries as they are considering labeling China’s treatment of the Uyghur people and Muslim minorities as genocide in front of Canada’s embassy in Washington on February 19, 2021 / p>

The Chinese government is not aware of any efforts to investigate allegations of systematic abuse in Xinjiang, the region where Canada’s parliament declared genocide this week

Evidence of the widespread detention, violent political indoctrination, forced employment and sterilization of ethnic Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other largely Muslim groups in northwestern China has been around for years. Chinese authorities have denied any wrongdoing, saying, “Xinjiang is a beautiful place “that has seen healthy economic and population growth

But on Tuesday, the day after the Canadian Parliament decided to recognize “that the People’s Republic of China is carrying out genocide against Uyghurs and other Turkish Muslims,” ​​the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it had no attempt to investigate reports of systemic abuse

“I haven’t heard from a working group or investigation,” said Wang Wenbin, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman. The Chinese authorities have launched an investigation into the task force in the past to investigate issues of public concern such as child labor or food safety issues react

Mr However, Wang slapped what he called “smearing and attacking China” on Xinjiang, questioning reports by women describing the widespread sexual abuse in the area

He said, “Facts have proven that there was never genocide in Xinjiang. This is the lie of the century invented by extremely anti-Chinese forces”

China has made its position clear to the Canadian government on the genocide proposal, he said, accusing Canada of trampling its own values ​​by “spreading lies.” “Beijing” will certainly respond decisively to any action that “denotes” harms Chinese interests, “he warned

In Xinjiang, former detainees have described what they call torturous detention, while government documents have described efforts to detain large numbers of people for law and qualification classes to move them from home to industrial jobs as part of campaigns to reduce poverty bring and sterilize women, in at least one case, as part of a special effort to “control violations of birth control”

The Chinese government claims to have successfully cracked down on terrorism and religious extremism in Xinjiang, has denied all allegations of sterilization and forced labor, and has its political indoctrination centers, where detainees are held behind barbed wire-lined walls for more than a year could, known as vocational boarding schools, offer free training According to the Chinese authorities, all detainees have “graduated” from such centers

China has used trade blocs in the past as reprisals against countries whose populations or governments have been critical

But Beijing has other avenues of retaliation against Canada, whose own historical treatment of indigenous peoples China has frequently cited. The Canadian Genocide Motion “could spark a formal demand that the extermination of the American Indian population be officially classified as genocide and a crime against humanity “said Victor Gao, vice president of the Center for China and Globalization, an influential think tank closely associated with the Chinese government

The Chinese government could make such efforts at the United Nations or the International Criminal Court, he said, calling Canada’s parliamentary motion “crazy”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said back in 2019 that what happened to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls means “genocide”

Mr However, Trudeau and his cabinet abstained from voting on the non-binding genocide motion from Xinjiang

And the unofficial nature of the request is likely to mitigate the Chinese response, said Dong Yikun, a senior researcher at Beijing Foreign Studies University’s G20 research center

“I don’t see much of the possibility that China will respond to this request with any more forceful means,” said Ms. Dong, who previously worked at the university’s Canadian study center

Still, she warned that the motion could have further “detrimental effects on trust” in relations between the two countries, which had already been strained since December 2018 after Canadian authorities acted on a US Arrest warrant against Huawei manager Meng Wanzhou, Chinese security forces seized Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor MS Meng is accused of perpetrating bank fraud, which she denies Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor accused of violating state secrets. The Canadian government has labeled her a victim of arbitrary detention

Parliament’s motion for genocide threatens to deepen the dissatisfaction between the countries and to make the search for solutions more difficult, Dr Said Dong

“If Canada continues to escalate the friction, we cannot rule out countermeasures from China B. Restrict or blacklist some people’s entry, “she said

She pointed to Australia, which was at the center of Chinese anger, as an example. Beijing has set barriers to imports of Australian wine, beef and barley, warned students not to travel to the country, frozen high-level political contacts and arrested Australian journalists

Canada, Ms. Dong said to “get out of strategic maneuvering space and buffer zones and avoid being adversely affected by other bilateral disputes such as that between China and the United States”

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News – AU – China claims it has not disclosed an investigation into the genocide in Xinjiang following a Canadian reprimand

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