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Xinjiang – we’ve gone about as far as we can go, for now

Pattrick Smellie
Wed, 05 May 2021

Tough gig: China's ambassador to NZ, Wu Xi, faces a more hostile environment here than even a month ago.
Pattrick Smellie
Wed, 05 May 2021
Today’s parliamentary debate on the severe human rights abuses occurring in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang should put to bed any concern among our traditional allies that New Zealand is unwilling to criticise its largest trading partner.True, the motion passed today was wrangled behind closed doors to exclude the use of the highly charged and legally challenging description of the policy in Xinjiang as “genocide”.But the legal bar for declaring a genocide is very high, and parliament was wise to avoid its use....

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