The United States, United Kingdom and a number of other countries criticised China again over its policies in Xinjiang on Tuesday, in a move China said was ‘unhelpful’ for continuing trade talks. [Brendan McDermid/Reuters]

The United States and 22 other countries at the United Nations pushed China on Tuesday to stop detaining ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims, prompting China’s UN envoy to warn it was not “helpful” for ongoing trade talks between Beijing and Washington. 

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China has been widely condemned for setting up complexes in remote Xinjiang that it describes as “vocational training centres”. The UN says at least one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims have been jailed.

Britain’s UN Ambassador Karen Pierce delivered a joint statement to the 193-member UN

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