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Trudeau and his cabinet abstain from China genocide vote

Feb 23, 2021 14:10 IST

Canada's House of Commons voted to declare that China is committing genocide against more than 1 million Muslim Uighurs in the western Xinjiang region. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet however abstained from the vote.
Lawmakers approved the non-binding motion, which was brought forward by opposition Conservatives. A senior government official told The Associated Press that Canada's foreign minister will make the government's position clear but said declaring something in Parliament is not going to adequately get results in China and that work with international allies and partners is needed. China's envoy to Canada told Canadian parliamentarians over the weekend to not interfere in China's internal affairs.

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