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Saudi Arabia defend policy to back China’s policies in Xinjiang

UNITED NATIONS:  Saudi Arabia has defended signing a letter along with 36 other countries in support of China’s policies in its western region of Xinjiang.

The United Nations says at least 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims have been detained.

China has been widely condemned for setting up detention complexes in remote Xinjiang. It describes them as “education training centers” helping to stamp out extremism and give people new skills.

Last week nearly two dozen nations at the U.N. Human Rights Council wrote a letter calling on China to halt it mass detention. In response, Saudi Arabia, Russia and 35 other states wrote a letter commending what they called China’s remarkable achievements in the field of human rights.

When asked about Saudi’s support for the letter, Saudi U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi told reporters in New York that the “letter talks about China’s developmental work, that’s all it talks about, it does not address anything else.”

He said that Saudi Arabia was more concerned than any country about the status of Muslims anywhere in the world.

He argued that what they said in that letter was they support the developmental policies of China that have lifted people out of poverty.