UK ratchets up criticism of China over Uighurs, HK; hints at suspending extradition agreement

LONDON: Britain’s international secretary hinted Sunday he could transfer to droop the U.Ok.’s extradition arrangements with Hong Kong, and accused Beijing of “gross and egregious” human rights abuses in opposition to its Uighur inhabitants in China’s western province of Xinjiang.

In response, the Chinese ambassador to Britain warned that China will ship a “resolute response” to any transfer by Britain to sanction officers over the alleged rights abuses.

Tensions between the U.Ok. and China have heightened over a number of points, together with China’s alleged rights violations in opposition to the Uighur minority inhabitants and a brand new, sweeping nationwide safety regulation imposed on Hong Kong. Britain’s determination this week to ban Chinese telecommunications big Huawei from involvement within the U.Ok.’s superfast 5G cellular community has additional frayed bilateral relations.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned Sunday that Britain’s authorities has reviewed extradition preparations with Hong Kong, and that he plans to make an announcement in parliament on Monday over the subject.

Earlier this month Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to China’s imposition of safety laws on the semi-autonomous territory. Critics see the brand new regulation as an additional erosion of the rule of regulation and freedoms promised to the previous British colony.

Raab added that whereas Britain desires good relations with China, it couldn’t stand by amid experiences of pressured sterilization and mass training camps concentrating on the Uighur inhabitants in Xinjiang.

“It is clear that there are gross, egregious human rights abuses going on. We are working with our international partners on this. It is deeply, deeply troubling,” he informed the BBC.

Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador, denied there are focus camps in Xinjiang throughout an interview with the BBC and insisted there are “no so-called restriction of the population.” He mentioned there are lots of “fake accusations” in opposition to China.

Beijing was prepared to reply in form ought to Britain impose sanctions on Chinese officers, Liu added.

“If the U.K. goes that far to impose sanctions on any individuals in China, China will certainly make a resolute response to it,” he mentioned. “You have seen what happened between China (and) the United States … I do not want to see this tit-for-tat between China-U.S. happen in China-U.K. relations.”

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