China on Tuesday rejected “any interference” in its internal affairs after U.N. chief Antonio Guterres raised the plight of ethnic Uighurs in the restive Xinjiang region during a visit to Beijing.
Mr. Guterres had been under pressure from rights groups to publicly confront Beijing over the mass detention of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China was willing to discuss human rights issues with all parties on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
“At the same time, we firmly oppose any interference in China's internal affairs under the pretext of human rights issues,” Mr. Geng said.
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