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U.S. envoy on religious freedom comments on China’s handling of Uighurs

  • August 14, 2019
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei gave an inside-page play to an interview with Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. The U.S. diplomat reportedly described China’s oppression of Uygur Muslims as “tragic and unprecedented in modern times,” suggesting that Chinese high-tech firms assisting the Chinese government in cracking down on minorities may be penalized with sanctions. The daily explained that Beijing has used DNA sampling, artificial intelligence, and other state-of-the-art information technology to monitor the Uighurs. Ambassador Brownback also reportedly stated: “China is at war with faith,” projecting that the Chinese government will continue to clamp down on ethnic and religious minorities.

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