China slams France’s ‘deliberate slander’ — Analysis

French lawmakers have adopted a resolution accusing China of ‘crimes against humanity and genocide’ against Uighurs

France’s National Assembly voted 169 to 1 on Thursday to officially recognize “the violence perpetrated by the People’s Republic of China against the Uighurs as constituting crimes against humanity and genocide.”  

The non-binding resolution, put forward by the opposition Socialists and backed by President Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party, calls on the French government to take “necessary measures”To protect Uighurs 

France’s Chinese Embassy reacted furiously to the vote and said that the resolution was not in line with their beliefs. “facts and common sense,” and accused Paris of a campaign to “deliberately slander and smear China.”

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“The so-called ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang is completely a big lie fabricated based on prejudice and hostility towards China. The purpose is not to protect human rights at all, but to suppress and contain China and undermine Xinjiang’s national unity and stable development,”An embassy spokesperson spoke to reporters.  

This vote is two weeks ahead of the Winter Olympics in China. Multiple countries are boycotting China’s bid for diplomatic recognition, even though France hasn’t joined the list.  

Chinese officials have repeatedly denied claims of genocide targeting Uighur Muslims, or the existence of forced labor camps within the Xinjiang region. However, according to the UN, Beijing has rejected requests from the international body’s High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit the region to investigate the allegations.

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