Nov 28, 2018 - World

China's ambassador to U.S.: We want to turn Uighurs into "normal persons"

Cui Tiankai speaks at a podium.

Ambassador Cui Tiankai. Photo: Xinhua/Ting Shen via Getty Images

Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to the U.S., told Reuters that China is trying to "re-educate" its Muslim Uighur minority and other Muslim groups in Xinjiang province to "turn them into normal persons [who] can go back to normal life."

The big picture: China's mass detention and surveillance against Uighurs in Xinjiang have faced international criticism — with the UN classifying it as a "massive internment camp." The Trump administration has weighed sanctions against the Chinese government in response, and Cui told Reuters that China will " proportion" if sanctions are imposed, likening it to sanctioning the U.S. officials over the fight against ISIS.

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