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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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Border Patrol Council President concerned over ‘influx’ of military-aged Chinese men crossing the southern border

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According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol data Border Patrol agents detained over 30,000 Chinese individuals for illegally crossing the border from January to November 2023, sparking concern.

Just The News reports that National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd on Wednesday said the United States should be incredibly concerned by the influx of military-aged Chinese men coming across the southern border.

“Why are we seeing this influx?” Judd asked on the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show. “At best, they’re just coming here for a better life or for a better job. At worse, they’re coming here to be part of the Chinese government, and that’s what scares me an awful lot.”

“We know that the Chinese have huge gangs here in the United States, and they control certain parts of our country,” he later said. “They control the drug flow. They control the prostitution. They control everything that’s illegal in certain portions of the country. We have to look into that. It’s very important that we understand why we are having so many people from China, especially military-aged men, from China.”

“I don’t want to cause mass hysteria where United States citizens are violent towards people from China,” Judd said. “However, we have to … allow the intelligence community to do their job. We’ve got to let law enforcement do their job and look into these individuals.”

Many Chinese immigrants are leaving due to economic conditions in China and its strict lockdowns, Yahoo News reported.

“Again, at best, they’re here for a better life,” Judd said. “At worst, they’re here to be part of the Chinese government to infiltrate our own country.”

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