China appreciated the United Arab Emirates move to support Chinese crackdown on Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province as President Xi Jinping played host to Abu Dhabi’s crown prince – Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (MBZ).
China has come under intense scrutiny for placing an estimated one million mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in internment camps in the name of counter-terrorism.
During his meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Beijing, Xi thanked the UAE for its “valuable support” on Xinjiang and urged the two countries to strengthen cooperation on anti-terrorism, said state broadcaster CCTV.
After initially denying the existence of re-education camps, China has been on a public relations blitz to counter the global outcry against what Beijing calls “vocational education centres”.
So far, Beijing has scored multiple successes, with UN ambassadors from 37 countries — including majority Muslim nations Saudi Arabia and Algeria — releasing a letter earlier this month in defence of China’s treatment of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. The letter came after 21 Western nations and Japan co-signed a text condemning China’s conduct in Xinjiang.