'Something close' to genocide in China's Xinjiang, says U.S. security adviser

Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Robert O'Brien participates in a Halifax chat at HISF 2019. Photo: US Embassy Canada

By David Brunnstrom
Oct 16, 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. national security adviser said on Friday that China was perpetrating “something close to” a genocide with its treatment of Muslims in its Xinjiang region.

“If not a genocide, something close to it going on in Xinjiang,” Robert O’Brien told an online event hosted by the Aspen Institute, while highlighting other Chinese crackdowns including one on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

The United States has denounced China’s treatment of Uighur and other minority Muslims in Xinjiang and imposed sanctions on officials it blames for abuses. It has not, though, so far termed Beijing’s actions genocide, a designation that would have significant legal implications and require stronger action against China.

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