Turkish President hopeful of solution to Chinese Muslim issue

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Ankara: The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that solutions are possible for the issues relating to China’s Muslim population.

According to reports, Turkey is one of the only Muslim-majority countries to have criticized China over the detention of an estimated one million ethnic Uighur in Xinjiang province.

Erdogan met the Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday in Beijing. The Chinese state media claimed that Erdogan said ethnic minorities live happily in Xinjiang, but he made no such comments to Turkish reporters.

The Turkish President warned against those who sought to “abuse” the Xinjiang issue to create tensions with China. China is a key investor and trading partner.

He said that Turkey could “send a delegation to East Turkestan”, the name given by activists to Xinjiang and that Beijing was open to the idea.

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