Champagne won’t call China’s treatment of Uighurs genocide after Beijing criticism

Canada’s foreign minister on Monday reiterated the country’s concern about China’s persecution of ethnic Muslim Uighurs in its Xinjiang province, but stopped short of calling it a genocide as Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations did.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with the federal cabinet in Ottawa, François-Philippe Champagne said Canada is “gravely concerned” about Beijing’s treatment of the ethnic minority, pointing to past public statements about the issue.

“I have raised this issue both privately and publicly with the foreign minister of China, and I will continue to do so,” he said.

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