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At the UN, African Countries Steer Clear of Bitter Human Rights Feud Between China and U.S., European Countries

No African states joined the 39 countries that signed a German-sponsored joint statement at the United Nations on Tuesday that condemned China’s human rights record in Xinjiang and expressed “grave concern” about “recent developments in Hong Kong.”

The bulk of the signatories were the U.S. and European countries with only a few from developing regions in Latin America and the Caribbean. No Muslim majority country signed the joint statement, although Turkey separately expressed concern about the treatment of China’s Uyghur minority population.

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