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Africa Becoming Important Source of Support for China’s Contentious International Battles

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The Daily Nation’s Senior Foreign Affairs Writer Aggrey Mutambo reports on how the Chinese government is now trying to rally support among Africa media for its controversial policies in Xinjiang where Beijing claims its fighting “terrorism and extremism” but human rights groups & western governments both contend the Chinese have illegally interned upwards of 1 million members of the Uighur ethnic minority population.

Beijing’s already done a pretty solid job with African governments on the Xinjiang issue as evidenced by the dozens of African signatories to a letter sent to the UN earlier this year that supports China’s position in Xinjiang and the treatment of its Muslim Uighur minority. Now, apparently, Beijing wants to expand its campaign by reaching out to the public through the media.

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