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China Embassy’s Twitter account locked after tweet defending treatment of Uighurs

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On January 9, Twitter locked the account of China’s U.S. Embassy after it tweeted in defense of Beijing’s policy toward Uighurs. The account was restored Thursday.

The Chinese Embassy account, @ChineseEmbinUS, posted a tweet on January 7 claiming that Uighur women in the Xinjiang province “were emancipated” and “no longer baby-making machines.”

Twitter said the post violated its stand against “dehumanizing” people.

“We’ve taken action on the Tweet you referenced for violating our policy against dehumanization, where it states: We prohibit the dehumanization of a group of people based on their religion, caste, age, disability, serious disease, national origin, race, or ethnicity,” a Twitter spokesperson told Reuters Thursday.

During a Thursday briefing, China’s Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying said she was confused by the move and that it was the embassy’s responsibility to call out disinformation and clarify the truth.

“There are numerous reports and information relating to Xinjiang that are against China. It’s a responsibility for our embassy in the U.S. to clarify the truth,” she said.

“We hope they won’t apply double standards on this issue. We hope they can discern what is correct and truthful from disinformation on this matter.”

Earlier this week, the Trump administration classified the Chinese government’s policies toward Uighurs as genocide.

“After careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that the PRC [People’s Republic of China], under the direction and control of the CCP [Chinese Communist Party], has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday.

Moreover, Pompeo said the Chinese government’s policies toward Uighurs were crimes against humanity, including arbitrary detention, torture, forced labor, sterilization and restrictions on freedom of movement, against Uighurs and other groups like ethnic Kazakhs and ethnic Kyrgyz.

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VIDEO: Chinese military plane comes ‘dangerously’ close to U.S. aircraft over South China Sea

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The United States Army recorded and released unnerving video of a close encounter with a Chinese jet over the South China Sea. The Chinese military plane came “dangerously” close to the U.S. military aircraft in the international airspace last week, the U.S. military announced on Thursday.

The Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), the command responsible for overseeing U.S. operations in the area, said in a statement that the encounter occurred on December 21, during which a Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of a U.S. Air Force RC-135, a reconnaissance plane with about 30 people on board.

According to a U.S. military spokesperson, the Chinese jet came within 10 feet of the airplane’s wing, but 20 feet from its nose, causing the U.S. aircraft to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.

 

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