China accuses Canada of political manipulation over Uighurs

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China accuses Canada of political manipulation over the Uïgurs

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said people in the Xinjiang region live in peace and harmony. (File photo)

The Chinese government says a motion passed by MPs on Wednesday to grant asylum to persecuted Uighurs amounts to political manipulation by Canada.

MPs, for a motion introduced by the Liberals, unanimously called on the Trudeau government to design a program that would bring 10,000 people of Turkish origin, including Uighurs, to Canada from countries other than China.

They passed a motion acknowledging reports that Uighurs outside China have been sent back to their country of birth, where they have been arrested as part of Beijing's crackdown on Muslim groups.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said in Beijing that people in the Xinjiang region live in peace and harmony, contradicting widespread reports of forced labor and sexual violence.

An English translation from the ministry says Canada should stop politically manipulating Xinjiang-related issues for hidden purposes, and that Ottawa is spreading misinformation and inducing the misled public.

The non-binding motion said the government should outline a resettlement program by the fall that would begin in 2024 and would reach its goal within two years.