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China claims broad consensus after UN envoy’s Xinjiang visit

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Beijing: The Chinese government on Sunday said that it has reached a broad consensus on counter-terrorism with the UN following the controversial visit by a top ranking envoy to Xinjiang where an estimated 1 million ethnic Muslim Uyghurs are living in confinement.

The visit to Xinjiang by the Under Secretary of the UN counter-terrorism office, Vladimir Voronkov, has been strongly criticized by the US which, on Friday, called it “highly inappropriate in view of the unprecedented repression campaign underway in Xinjiang against the Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims”, reports Efe news.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday, that Voronkov visited Beijing and Xinjiang from June 13 to 15 and met with senior Chinese diplomats, including Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng. According to the statement, both sides reached a broad consensus after exchanging views on the fight against terrorism as well as counter-terrorism cooperation between China and the UN. According to experts, exiles and organisations, in Xinjiang there are more than 1 million Uyghur-ethnic Muslims. (IANS)

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