Chi­nese to be quizzed on treat­ment of Mus­lims

The Scotsman - - World News - By MAR­GARET NEIGH­BOUR

Ger­many’s for­eign min­is­ter plans to dis­cuss the treat­ment of China’s Mus­lim mi­nor­ity dur­ing an official visit to Bei­jing next week.

A spokes­woman for For­eign Min­is­ter Heiko Maas said yes­ter­day that the sit­u­a­tion in China’s far west re­gion of Xin­jiang is “cause for con­cern in our view.”

China has re­jected ac­cu­sa­tions that large num­bers of eth­nic Uighurs, Kaza­khs and other Mus­lim mi­nori­ties are be­ing in­terned for the pur­pose of po­lit­i­cal in­doc­tri­na­tion.

For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Maria Ade­bahr said Mr Maas “will raise the is­sue with his Chi­nese part­ners.”

She said Mr Maas, who flies to China to­mor­row, will also dis­cuss other top­ics in­clud­ing the trade dis­pute be­tween China and the US, and Ber­lin’s bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with Bei­jing.

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