After Turkey protests, China says Xinjiang has no ethnic problem

(From Reuters)

China has no “ethnic problem” in its far west, and Muslim Uyghur minorities there enjoy freedom of religion, the Foreign Ministry said  Monday, following anti-China protests in Turkey over Beijing’s treatment of the group.

China says Muslim Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang enjoy freedom of religion

China says Muslim Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang live in peace and enjoy freedom of religion

Relations between China and Turkey have soured over Beijing’s policies toward the Uyghur people, whose traditional home is in the far western region of Xinjiang. Many Turks see themselves as sharing religious and cultural ties with Uyghur, who have reportedly been banned from worship and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

“Uyghurs live and work in peace and contentment and enjoy freedom of religion under the rules in the constitution,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular briefing. “So the so-called ‘Xinjiang ethnic problem’ you mentioned that has been raised in some reports simply does not exist.”

Hundreds of protesters marched on the Chinese consulate in Istanbul on Sunday, bearing flags and chanting anti-China slogans outside the building.

Tourists attacked
Meanwhile, China warned its citizens traveling in Turkey to be careful of anti-Beijing protests, saying some Chinese tourists have recently been “attacked and disturbed”.

The notice, posted on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website on Sunday, said there had been “multiple” demonstrations in Turkey targeting the Chinese government.

“Absolutely do not get close to or film the protests, and minimize to the greatest extent outside activities on one’s own,” the Chinese notice said.

Turkish daily Hurriyet reported a small group of people last week attacked a Chinese restaurant in Istanbul’s touristy Tophane district, smashing windows.


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  • Maria Adams

    “Absolutely do not get close to or film the protests, and minimize to the greatest extent outside activities on one’s own,”….Hmm, well, the Chinese government didn’t say anything about NOT joining the protests, right?

  • China Lee

    Turkey is a dangerous and violent country.

    No Chinese tourist should visit Turkey.

  • Rafasa Arandas

    I am neither Turkish nor Turkic, but historically, the Turkic peoples have resided in the region, long before the creation of Islam and before the Chinese ever colonized Central Asia. Their claims to this land far predate that of China’s.

  • Low Shen-Cheang

    Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tatarstan and many other stan speak Turkic too, but they don’t claim to came from Chinese Xinjiang. By the way, the black and Native American speak English, they must be a branch of the English people.