China summons US embassy official over Uighur bill

Uighur drivers have their vehicles checked at a police check point in the Xinjiang region of China. (File photo: AP)

China summoned a representative of the US embassy on Wednesday to protest against a US House of Representatives bill about Beijing’s treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority, state television reported.

Vice Foreign Minister Qin Gang made “stern representations” to William Klein, the US embassy’s minister counselor for political affairs, and urged the US to stop interfering in China’s domestic affairs, according to the report.

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would require the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s crackdown on the Muslim minority, angering Beijing and further straining an already testy relationship.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56