(ANSA) – BEIJING, DEC 27 – The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has appointed a new manager in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, replacing Chen Quanguo, its strongman who has ended up on the black list of US sanctions for accusations of repression against the Muslim minority of uguiri. The state news agency Xinhua reported, without giving official reasons for the decision. The announcement comes just days after Washington’s new sanctions against Chinese companies accused of contributing to human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
A former military man, 66-year-old Chen Quanguo was the top Communist leader in the region since August 2016, after serving as party secretary in Tibet for five years. In 2017 he was also named among the 25 members of the Political Bureau of the CCP, China’s top political body. Under his leadership, Western countries and numerous NGOs denounce, forced re-education camps have been created and strengthened for Uyghurs, where hundreds of thousands of members of the minority have been interned.
On the other hand, Beijing affirms that these are structures aimed at countering radicalization. The regime is also accused of pursuing a policy to change the ethnic balance in Xinjiang.
Ma Xingrui, who headed the southern province of Guangdong, was appointed as the new Chinese leader in the region.
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