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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”.
Çin tarafı, herhangi bir kişi veya gücün Çin’in egemenliğine ve toprak bütünlüğüne herhangi bir şekilde meydan okumasına kararlılıkla karşı çıkmakta ve bunu şiddetle kınamaktadır. Çin tarafı, haklı karşılık verme hakkını saklı tutmaktadır.@meral_aksener @mansuryavas06— Çin Büyükelçiliği Ankara/中国驻土耳其使馆 (@ChinaEmbTurkey) April 6, 2021
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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