Human rights in Hong Kong, Xinjiang raised in China-EU meeting

The European Union’s new foreign policy chief wasted no time in raising a human rights discussion about Hong Kong and Xinjiang with his Chinese counterpart, to Beijing’s dismay.

Josep Borrell said human rights was “a universal issue” and confirmed he had brought up Hong Kong, which has been embroiled in six months of anti-government protests, and Xinjiang, where an estimated 1 million Uygurs are detained, at the meeting in Madrid on Sunday.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hit back, calling on Europe not to interfere in China’s domestic affairs.

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