Beijing Protests Turkish Refusal to Extradite Xinjiang Activist

China has expressed its strong disapproval of Turkey’s refusal to deport Abudukadir Yapuquan, a prominent Uygur activist who was suspected by Beijing of terrorism in Xinjiang.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said that China was “strongly dissatisfied” with, and firmly opposed, a Turkish court decision not to extradite Abudukadir, Zhao said.

He also said that China has called on Turkey to face Abudukadir’s “essence as a terrorist” and reverse its “erroneous decision” to avoid a “serious negative influence” on China-Turkey relations.

“ETIM (East Turkestan Islamic Movement) is a terrorist organization listed by the UN Security Council and is recognized as such by Turkey,” he said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

He added that Abudukadir was one of the initiators of ETIM and was accused of plotting terrorist activities on Chinese territory many times and he also said the evidence was “conclusive.”

Chinese authorities accused Abudukadir of helping ETIM in planning terrorist acts.

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