China Claims Arab Countries Support Beijing in Uighur and Taiwan Issues

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Beijing claims that a group of oil-rich Arab kingdoms view the Chinese government’s controversial treatment of the Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang as an “internal matter”.

During a meeting with Communist Party officials in China, Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council or GCC, expressed strong support for China’s “legitimate stance on Taiwan, Xinjiang and human rights-related issues.” Chinese Wang Wenbin told reporters on Friday (14/1).

Al-Hajraf did not speak directly to the reporter, but a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said he supports Al-Hajraf’s view that human rights issues should not be politicized, and that, according to Wenbin, he “opposes interference in China’s internal affairs.”

Headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the GCC is an organization for economic and commercial cooperation from six Gulf countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

According to the news of the English-language Saudi Newspaper, Al-Hajraf’s visit to China aims to improve the economic and security ties between the Gulf Cooperation Council member states and Beijing.

The Chinese government has been widely criticized for its oppressive treatment of the Muslim Uyghur minority in China’s northwestern Xinjiang autonomous region, which the US government has termed genocide. [jm/pp]

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