China says report saying Uighur children being separated from parents is 'farce'

China says report saying Uighur children being separated from parents is 'farce'

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China
FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

BEIJING: The foreign ministry in Beijing on Friday (Oct 16) dismissed as a "farce" a news report saying that China is separating ethnic Uighur children from their parents as part of social engineering policies in the western region of Xinjiang.

At a news briefing, ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian also rejected the Economist magazine's characterisation of China's policies in Xinjiang, where most of China's Muslim Uighur population lives, as a crime against humanity.

Source: Reuters/aa

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