China seeks support from Africa on Uighur policy

People in a small village where ethnic Uighurs live on the outskirts of Shayar in the region of Xinjiang. PHOTO | HECTOR RETAMAL | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The region borders six countries, making it an important route in China’s Belt and Road Initiative launched by President Xi Jinping in 2016.
  • Beijing refuted the claims, saying what is happening in Xinjiang is deradicalisation.

China has defended programmes implemented in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, where Beijing has been accused of violating human rights.

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