China blasts Swiss-signed letter criticising Xinjiang policies

China has attacked a statement by 22 Western countries, including Switzerland, at the United Nations urging it to stop holding members of its Muslim population in detention centres, calling the measure necessary for national security and accusing the countries of trampling on its sovereignty.  Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily briefing on Thursday that the letter “disregarded the facts, slandered and attacked China with unwarranted accusations, flagrantly politicised human rights issues and grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs”.  “The Chinese side expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition,” Geng said, adding that China had registered “solemn complaints” with the countries involved.  The signatories include Switzerland, France, Australia, Britain, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway and the Netherlands. The letter was addressed to Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Coly Seck, president of the UN Human Rights ...
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