BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the United Nations have reached a “broad consensus” about counter-terror work, China’s International Ministry mentioned on Sunday after a controversial go to by a senior U.N. official to the restive far western Chinese language area of Xinjiang this week.
FILE PHOTO: Employees stroll by the perimeter fence of what’s formally referred to as a vocational abilities schooling centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Area, China September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Picture
America and different western nations objected to a go to by the U.N. counterterrorism chief to Xinjiang, the place U.N. consultants say some a million ethnic Uighurs and different Muslims are held in detention facilities.
Diplomats mentioned that together with america a number of different nations, together with Britain, complained in regards to the journey of Vladimir Voronkov, a veteran Russian diplomat who heads the U.N. Counterterrorism Workplace.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan spoke with U.N. Secretary-Basic António Guterres on Friday “to convey deep issues” about Voronkov’s journey as a result of “Beijing continues to color its repressive marketing campaign in opposition to Uighurs and different Muslims as professional counterterrorism efforts when it isn’t”.
In a short assertion, China’s International Ministry mentioned that Voronkov had visited Beijing and Xinjiang from June 13-15, assembly senior diplomats together with Vice International Minister Le Yucheng.
The 2 sides “had a deep trade of views on the worldwide counter-terrorism scenario and counter-terrorism cooperation between China and the United Nations, and reached a broad consensus”, the ministry mentioned, with out giving particulars.
China and the world want to face collectively to combat terror, and China helps the work of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Workplace, the assertion added.
China has been condemned internationally for establishing the detention complexes, which it describes as “schooling coaching facilities” serving to to stamp out extremism and provides folks new abilities.
Voronkov visited Xinjiang earlier than U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, who has repeatedly pushed China to grant the United Nations entry to analyze stories of disappearances and arbitrary detentions, significantly of Muslims in Xinjiang.
Guterres raised the plight of Muslims in China’s Xinjiang area with the Chinese language authorities’s prime diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, throughout a go to to Beijing in April.
Chinese language President Xi Jinping has been within the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan over the previous few days, the place he has spoken of the significance of preventing extremism and terror.
Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Modifying by Michael Perry