BEIJING The leaders of China and Turkey concluded on Wednesday to strengthen team-work in fighting apprehension and people smuggling, a comparison Chinese diplomat said, following attrition between a dual over Uighurs from China’s Xinjiang who have fled to Turkey.
Hundreds, maybe thousands, of Uighurs, a mostly Muslim racial minority that calls Xinjiang home, have left China in new years, roving to Turkey around Southeast Asia, carrying initial illegally crossed a Chinese border.
Rights groups contend such migrants are journey racial assault in distant western Xinjiang and Chinese controls on their sacrament and culture.
Hundreds of people have died in disturbance in Xinjiang in a final 3 years, blamed by Beijing on Islamist militants.
This month, Thailand deported 109 Uighurs to China, sparking annoy in Turkey, home to a vast Uighur diaspora, and feeding regard among rights groups and a United States that they could be mistreated on their return.
“Security and law coercion team-work is an critical area for a dual countries and both have concluded to strengthen cooperation,” Chinese emissary unfamiliar apportion Zhang Ming told reporters, after President Xi Jinping and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met in Beijing.
Neither mentioned a emanate in comments before reporters.
“We consistently disciple that China and Turkey should support any other on vital issues and lower a vital mild relationship,” Xi told Erdogan.
Zhang pronounced Erdogan told Xi that Turkey regarded a East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), that Beijing says is waging a aroused debate for an eccentric Xinjiang, as a apprehension group.
“He pronounced that … Turkey will not concede anyone to use Turkey’s domain to do anything to mistreat China’s inhabitant interests and security,” Zhang said.
China says ETIM recruits Uighurs who have left to Turkey and trains them with nonconformist groups in Syria and Iraq, with a vigilant of returning to Xinjiang to salary holy war.
Many unfamiliar experts have questioned either ETIM exists as a awake organisation China claims it is.
China has indicted Turkish diplomats in Southeast Asia of providing support to Uighurs to palliate transport to Turkey.
“China and Turkey both trust it is really critical to strengthen general team-work to quarrel opposite tellurian trafficking,” Zhang said, when asked about that issue.
Turkey has also been looking to China for a invulnerability needs.
Turkey is open to an softened offer from elite bidder China in a long-range barb invulnerability complement tender, Erdogan pronounced forward of his visit, reviving a understanding that has lifted confidence concerns among NATO allies.
Zhang declined to contend either a barb understanding was discussed.
(Editing by Clarence Fernandez)