Pakistan abruptly stopped calling out China’s mass oppression of Muslims. Critics say Beijing bought its silence

Business Insider
By: Alexandra Ma

Pakistan, a major Chinese economic ally, abruptly stopped calling out Beijing’s human rights record. Here, a composite image of Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan (right).
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  • China is facing international pressure over its crackdown on its Muslim ethnic minority, the Uighurs.
  • Chinese authorities are accused of arbitrarily imprisoning Uighurs in prison-like camps and making them renounce their religion.
  • More and more activists and countries, including those with Muslim majorities, are condemning Beijing over these actions.
  • Pakistan, a major economic ally of China, was first to censure Beijing. But over the past few months, it started toeing the Chinese line.
  • Experts say it illustrates the power of Chinese money.

Pakistan, China’s largest economic ally in the Muslim world, abruptly stopped censuring Beijing over its unprecedented crackdown on Muslims.

The shift clearly illustrates the power of Chinese money, activists and critics say.

China is facing international pressure over its treatment of the Uighurs, a majority-Muslim ethnic minority who live mainly in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.

Activists accuse Chinese authorities of imprisoning up to 1 million Uighurs in prison-like camps, where detainees are reportedly forced to sing hymns to President Xi Jinping and renounce their religion.

Beijing justifies these measures as counterterrorism, and routinely calls the camps “free vocational training,” meant to turn Uighurs into “normal persons.”    [FULL  STORY]