UK May Restrict Business With China Over Abuse Of The Uighurs
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that the country could impose restrictions on trade with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) because of violations of the rights of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where they are used as bonded labour.
Previously, the US restricted cooperation with the PRC for this reason.
« We want to maintain a constructive relationship with China and we are working tirelessly to achieve this, but we are not prepared to sacrifice our values or the security of our country. We will continue to say what we think is right and back it up with action, » Mr Raab told the UK parliament.
Australia has repeatedly criticised China’s policies in Xinjiang.
In September 2020, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) published data on 380 camps built in Xinjiang for Uighurs and other Muslim minorities since 2017. The camps in operation in Xinjiang include both conventional general correctional facilities and reinforced prisons.