Australia ‘deeply concerned’ about China’s treatment of Uighur people

Foreign affairs minister says use of detention camps a concern, and China had blocked attempts to offer consular assistance to dual citizens

Australia remains “deeply concerned” about China’s treatment of the Uighur people, including use of forced labour, the foreign affairs minister Marise Payne has said.

On Monday Payne revealed that China had blocked Australia’s attempts to offer consular assistance to dual citizens and their families, and rejected China’s claims that concerned nations had rebuffed an offer to visit Xinjiang province.

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