Turkey summoned the Chinese ambassador over a Twitter squabble over Uighurs

Turkey summoned the Chinese ambassador over a Twitter squabble over Uighurs
Turkey summoned the Chinese ambassador over a Twitter squabble over Uighurs
On Tuesday, April 6, Turkey’s foreign minister summoned the Chinese ambassador to discuss China’s reaction in a Twitter bickering about Uyghurs, a predominantly Muslim minority living in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region that has one of its own. larger communities in Turkey.

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published on its official Twitter account, the Chinese Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, criticized Meral Akşener, leader of the Turkish nationalist party İyi Parti (Good Party), and Mansur Yavas, Mayor of Ankara, for writing posts on Twitter. commemorating a Uyghur revolt in Xinjiang in 1990. The message from the Chinese embassy said that China “strongly opposes and condemns any sort of challenge to Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity by any person or power.” On April 7, the spokesman for the Chinese foreign minister, Zhao Lijian, stressed that “some people in Turkey have made wrong comments on Twitter that openly encourage terrorists” and that the reaction of the Chinese embassy had been “entirely appropriate”.


In recent years, diplomatic and commercial ties between Turkey and China have strengthened, but generally the Turks support the Uighur minority and recently the local authorities have also authorized some demonstrations by Uyghur activists. In Xinjiang, on the other hand, the minority is systematically persecuted and repressed: according to various journalistic inquiries, testimonies and reports from the UN, millions of Uighurs have been detained in prison camps, defined as “transformation through education”, or still are.

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