China has condemned Canada’s statement on Xinjiang and made a stern submission to it

Earlier, the lower house of Canada’s parliament, the House of Commons, recognised the Uyghur situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as genocide

China has condemned the recognition by Canada’s lower house of parliament of the situation of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in the PRC as genocide and made a strict submission to the Canadian side. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular briefing on Tuesday.

“This humiliates and denigrates China and contradicts the principles of international law and key norms of international relations”, –  he said. – “We condemn and reject it. We have made a stern submission to the Canadian side”, –  the diplomat pointed out.

On Monday, the lower house of Canada’s parliament, the House of Commons, recognised the Uighur situation in XUAR in China as genocide. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau, who took part in the vote, who is an MP for the ruling Liberal Party, said that “[all] cabinet ministers abstained from voting”.

MPs now hope that the Canadian government will follow them in recognising the Uyghur situation as genocide. MPs also voted for Ottawa to put pressure on the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Olympics from Beijing.

Canadian authorities have previously repeatedly said they believe the rights of Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are being violated. On 19 February, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is also the leader of the ruling Liberal Party and a member of parliament, said that the virtual summit of the Group of Seven (G7) countries had decided to coordinate a response to the situation of the Uighur population in China.

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