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UK MPs Flag China’s ‘Bullying Behaviour’ with India, Mistreatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street by way of AP)

Conservative Party MP Ian Duncan Smith raised the problem as a part of an pressing query within the House of Commons on Monday night on the “mistreatment” by the Chinese authorities of the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang province.

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  • Last Updated: June 30, 2020, 7:12 PM IST

British MPs have raised issues in Parliament over China’s “bullying behaviour” within the border dispute with India and the “delayed declaration” of COVID-19 and urged an inside evaluation into the UK’s dependence on China with a view to lowering collaboration with the nation.

Conservative Party MP Ian Duncan Smith raised the problem as a part of an pressing query within the House of Commons on Monday night on the “mistreatment” by the Chinese authorities of the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang province.

“Given the Chinese government’s appalling record on human rights, their attack on freedoms in Hong Kong, their bullying behaviour in border disputes from the South China seas to India, their blatant breaching of the rules-based order governing the free market and their delayed declaration on COVID-19, will the government now initiate an internal review of the UK’s dependence on China, with a view to significantly reducing that dependence,” mentioned Smith.

UK Minister for Asia Nigel Adams responded to say that the UK authorities has been usually elevating its issues with China over varied points.

“On a full government review, our approach to China remains clear-eyed and is rooted in our values and interests. It has always been the case that when we have concerns we raise them, and that where we need to intervene we will,” he mentioned.

Opposition Labour Party MP Stephen Kinnock additionally pressed the minister over the “increasingly belligerent” behaviour of China in the direction of its personal folks and neighbouring international locations.

“Does the Minister recognise that the CCP’s [Chinese Communist Party] actions in Xinjiang reflect a wider pattern of behaviour of increasingly authoritarian policies at home and aggressive expansionism abroad, including in Hong Kong, Ladakh and the South China sea,” he questioned.

Adams responded to say that the UK had been “very active” on these points and has performed a number one function in elevating all issues bilaterally and on the United Nations and likewise known as on UK firms energetic within the Xinjiang province to hold out due diligence over the therapy of minorities.

“All British companies involved in the region must consider carrying out proper due diligence to ensure that human rights violations have not been taking place in their supply chains,” he mentioned.

Last week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had made his first assertion associated to the India-China border battle, describing it as “a very serious and worrying situation”.

“We are encouraging both parties to engage in dialogue on the issues on the border and sort it out between them,” Johnson informed the Commons in response to a query associated to the battle in japanese Ladakh.


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