Islamic, Communist, and Other Autocratic Regimes Back China’s Treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi King Salman in Beijing. (Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images)

( – Twenty Islamic states at the United Nations on Tuesday joined two dozen others, including communist and autocratic regimes, in a show of support for China’s policies in Xinjiang province, where — according to the United States and others — more than a million Uyghurs and other minority Muslims have been incarcerated in re-education camps.

The countries rallied around Beijing at a meeting in New York of the U.N. General Assembly committee dealing with human rights, after a group of mostly Western nations, including the U.S., issued a joint statement deploring the Chinese Communist Party’s abuses in the country’s far-western province, as well as its clampdown on democracy in Hong Kong.

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