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China: Uighurs

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 285297, tabled on 2 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the reported mass detention of Uighur Muslims in China.

Answered on

5 September 2019

I have not yet made representations to my Chinese counterpart on the mass detention of Uyghurs in Xinjiang since assuming office on 26 July. However, the former Foreign Secretary highlighted our concerns about Xinjiang with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his last visit to China. The former Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific did the same with Vice Minister Guo Yezhou during his last visit to China. Our Embassy in Beijing also raises our concerns with the Chinese authorities.