China Denounces U.S. for Sending Uighur 'Terrorists' to Slovakia

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China Denounces U.S. for Sending Uighur 'Terrorists' to Slovakia


Beijing - China's Foreign Ministry criticized the United States on Thursday for sending the last three Uighur Chinese inmates at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to Slovakia, saying they were "terrorists" who posed a real security danger. Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik, and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper are the last of 22 Muslim minority Chinese nationals to be moved from the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba, according to the Pentagon. Slovakia's Interior Ministry confirmed that it would take in the three. Uighurs are a Turkic-speaking Muslim people from China's far western region of Xinjiang. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the three were members of the separatist East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which Beijing labels a terror group. "They are genuine terrorists. They not only threaten China's security, they will threaten the security of the country that receives them," he told a daily news briefing. "China hopes that the relevant country ... does not give asylum to terrorists, and sends them back to China as soon as possible." Qin added that China did not appreciate a recent U.S. State Department call for Chinese security forces to exercise restraint following the latest outbreak of violence in Xinjiang, also blamed by Beijing on "terrorists". "These remarks neglect the facts and are feeble," he said. "We urge the United States to abandon their double standards when it comes to terrorism, and immediately stop saying one thing and doing another, to avoid sending the wrong message to violent terrorist forces. …

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