China: Foreign Relations

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 24th September 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Kinnock Stephen Kinnock Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of (a) the UK negotiating with China a similar agreement to the in-principle agreement that the EU has reached with that country whereby British diplomats act as observers in Xinjiang province and (b) British diplomats being included in the EU delegation to that province.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

It would not be appropriate to comment on third party agreements. British diplomats have visited Xinjiang on multiple occasions, most recently in November 2019. The UK has also repeatedly called on China to allow UN experts unfettered access to Xinjiang, including at the most recent session of the UN Human Rights Council in June where we delivered a statement on Xinjiang on behalf of 28 countries.

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