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Turkey Summons Chinese Ambassador Over Response to Uyghur Claims

ANKARA—Turkey called in China’s ambassador on Tuesday after his embassy said it had “the right to respond” to opposition leaders who criticized the Chinese regime’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims three decades ago. The politicians, IYI Party leader Meral Aksener and Ankara mayor Mansur Yavas of the main opposition CHP, had marked what they called the 31st anniversary of a brief uprising by Uyghurs against the government in China’s far west. Aksener said on Twitter “we will not remain silent about their persecution” and martyrdom. Yavas said “we still feel the pain of the massacre” in 1990. Ambassador Liu Shaobin was summoned to the ministry after his embassy tweeted a statement in response. “The Chinese side determinedly opposes any person of power that in any way challenges China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and strongly condemns this,” it said. “The Chinese side reserves its legitimate right to respond.” Many of the 40,000 …

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