China jails Uighurs for 'picking quarrels' and giving gifts

China has dramatically increased its prosecution of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang according to Human Rights Watch

Back in the precinct, Conservative foreign affairs critic Michael Chong will team up with members of the Uighur community, as well as his caucus colleague, Garnett Genuis, for a virtual press conference ahead of the upcoming vote on his party's bid to have the House officially recognize China's treatment of its Muslim minority as "genocide", and call on the government to "officially adopt that position".

The propaganda outlet rejected the notion that the dictatorship in Beijing should be held accountable by the United Kingdom, saying that "the most important thing for us is to act based on China's interests, instead of indulging London". "This is the biggest lie of the century deliberately concocted by extreme anti-China forces, and a ridiculous farce to smear and defame China", Wang said.

He also accused some Canadian politicians "blatantly" politicizing sports and "totally violating the spirit of the Olympic Charter and harming the interests of the worldwide Olympic Movement and athletes from all countries".

He's facing pressure from all sides: opposition lawmakers wanting tougher action, and former Liberal ministers who want his government to free Huawei's chief financial officer in exchange for the release of the two Canadians.

The tactic sent "a strong message that it's a genocide" and brought Canada more in line with allies like the U.S. "without the prime minister personally shooting an arrow at the dragon", Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, a senior fellow at the University of Alberta's China institute, said by phone.

The genocide amendment did pass the House of Lords on Tuesday again by 367 votes to 214, meaning that the government will be forced into a third vote on the matter in the House of Commons.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau registered a formal abstention on behalf of the government, drawing audible jeers over the video feed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other cabinet ministers didn't attend the vote.

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However, government minister Lord Gerry Grimstone indicated that the government would seek to block the amendment for the third time, and final time, saying that the issue of trading with genocidal regimes is ultimately a "political question", claiming that the amendment would "upset the constitutional separation of powers".

"China also welcomes the High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Xinjiang", Wang said, referring to United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet, whose office has been negotiating terms of access to the country.

Burhan Uluyol, 40, a member of the Uighur community living in Turkey, during a protest near China's consulate in Istanbul on February 10, 2021.

"The situation in Xinjiang is beyond the pale", he said. "The region now enjoys social stability and a sound development momentum, and the local people are living a safe and happy life".

The Uighur population in Xinjiang has continued to grow at a pace higher than other ethnic groups, including the Han majority, Wang said. From 2010 to 2018, the population of the Uighurs in Xinjiang rose from 10.17 million to nearly 12.72 million, an increase of 25.04 per cent, he added.

An anonymous senior government official said in a statement that a non-binding declaration in Parliament would not get results in China, adding that work with worldwide partners was needed. He cited survivor testimony, satellite images, video, documents and media reports from major US and global news outlets.

When asked about what potential trade repercussions naming China's treatment of the Uighurs a genocide would inflict on Canada, O'Toole said that shouldn't be the focus. "We can no longer ignore this".

Ruth Barnett and Dorit Oliver Wolff appealed to the prime minister to back renewed efforts, saying "we know the trauma of genocide" and as a result are "deeply concerned that the United Kingdom is not doing enough" about China's actions against the minority community.

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