US, China fight over claims of 'genocide' in Xinjiang

Uyghur protesters

Protesters hold signs as they gather during a rally for Uyghur Freedom in New York on March 22, 2021.

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What you need to know:

  • The accusations followed earlier claims by the US, which went on to sanction some Chinese officials said to be leading the counter-terrorism programme in Xinjiang.

The US is labelling China’s treatment of the people in its north western region of Xinjiang as “genocide”, a title that has elicited an immediate angry reaction from Beijing.

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