US to Imran Khan
It indicated one of the most strident speeches on the situation in Hong Kong since massive anti-govt protests broke out three weeks ago.
Wasington: In a snub to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, a leading US official on Friday questioned why Khan was not talking out about China, which has arrested an estimated one million Uighurs as well as other Turkic-speaking Muslims.
Amid raised tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Alice Wells, US Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia said Khan’s comments on Kashmir were not unhelpful.
A lowering of rhetoric would be welcome, especially between two nuclear powers.”
She questioned why Khan was not also talking out about China, that has arrested an estimated one thousand Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking Muslims.
“…I would like to see the same amount of concern expressed also about Muslims who are being arrested in Western China, literally in concentration-like problems. And so being concerned about the human rights of Muslims does extend more widely than Kashmir, and you have seen the administration very involved here throughout the UN General Assembly and attempting to shine some light on the horrific conditions that remain to exist for Muslims during China,” she said.
China is a significant diplomatic and financial partner of Pakistan.
Khan, asked about the Uighurs in a think tank on Monday, declined comment, saying that Pakistan had a”unique relationship” with China and would only raise issues privately.
Rights groups and witnesses say that China has been attempting to stop Muslim customs and incorporate Uighurs into the majority Han population. China says it is providing vocational instruction and discouraging extremism.
US sought to use the yearly United Nations summit to develop international pressure on China over the treatment of the Uighurs.
The conference was held at the sidelines of the General Assembly to garner support”to demand and induce an immediate end to China’s dreadful campaign of repression,” John Sullivan, the US’s second-highest diplomat, stated.
We cannot be the sole guardians of the truth nor the sole members of the international community to predict out China and demand that they cease,” Sullivan added.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump also fired a few shots across the bow of this fellow Security Council member, moving beyond his ordinary strikes against China on global trade.
“The world fully anticipates that the Chinese government will honor its own binding treaty… (and) protect Hong Kong’s freedom and legal procedure and democratic methods of existence,” Trump told the General Assembly.
“How China selects to deal with the situation will say a whole lot about its function in the world and the foreseeable future,” that the Republican tycoon inserted during his third look at the diplomatic discussion at New York.