Blinken presses China on Uighurs, Hong Kong in first call

Washington (AFP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressed Beijing on its treatment of Uighurs, Tibetans and Hong Kong in the first conversation between top officials of the two powers since President Joe Biden took office. “I made clear the US will defend our national interests, stand up for our democratic values, and hold Beijing accountable for its abuses of the international system,” Blinken said on Twitter of his call with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi. Blinken told Yang that the United States “will continue to stand up for human rights and democratic values, including in Xinji…

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