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The Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center in Xinjiang People line up at the Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center in Artux in western China’s Xinjiang region, Dec. 3, 2018 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

Trump Stands in the Way of a Global Response to China’s Abuses in Xinjiang

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China.

Amid all the focus this week on Hong Kong, where Beijing’s plan to clamp down on political dissent came to fruition when controversial national security legislation went into effect Tuesday night, there were more troubling developments about China’s actions toward its Muslim minorities. The Associated Press reported that the Chinese government is carrying out a “systematic” campaign to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, a discovery that some experts called a form of “demographic genocide.” While politicians around the globe expressed their outrage at the revelations, there is a major stumbling block to a punitive global response to China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang: U.S. President Donald Trump. ...

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