Xinjiang Gov. Erkin Tuniyaz has canceled his plan to visit London and Europe this week following fierce backlash over his human rights record.
In an email to The Epoch Times on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said the department understood that Tuniyaz had cancelled his visit to the UK.
“The UK government will continue to use all opportunities to take action against China’s unacceptable human rights abuses in Xinjiang,” the spokesperson said.
An EU spokesperson also told The Epoch Times in an email that the EU had been “informed by the Chinese mission that the visit has been postponed.”
U.S. publication Politico and French newspaper Le Monde on Monday reported that Tuniyaz cancelled his plan to visit Paris, citing unidentified diplomatic sources. The Epoch Times has approached the French Foreign Ministry for confirmation.
The Chinese embassy in London didn’t respond to The Epoch Times’ request for comment.
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