Tempers Flare as US, China Clash at UN Over Activist Beijing Calls ‘Terrorist’

CNS News | 5/24/2018 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) – A U.S. delegate lashed out at the U.N. this week at an attempt by China to punish a non-governmental organization based on its ties to a Uighur activist whom Beijing accuses of terrorism.

Ambassador Kelley Currie bristled at the suggestion that the U.S. would allow entry to the country of an “actual terrorist” at a time when American troops were fighting jihadist terrorism abroad.

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During a meeting of the U.N.’s NGO Committee, China called for the revoking of official accreditation for a German-based NGO called the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), citing its links to Dolkun Isa, the president of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC).

The WUC is not a U.N.-accredited NGO, but the STP is, and China is now demanding that it lose that status.

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At the NGO Committee meeting, China’s delegate accused Isa – an ethnic Uighur with German citizenship – of having “masterminded and carried out various terrorist activities inside China including bombing and hijacking and assassinations.”

Currie responded icily.

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For years, she said, the Chinese government has made accusations against Isa and WUC, and despite U.S. requests has at no point provided “actionable intelligence that would indicate that what they are saying is true.”

She noted that the U.S. has issued Isa with a 10--year, multiple-entry visa and that U.S. officials routinely meet with him.

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“If Mr. Isa were, in fact, an actual terrorist responsible for the many acts that the Chinese government has accused him and his organization of, does anyone in this room seriously believe – we have troops on the line, young American men and women on the line in Syria right now, fighting against ISIS and jihadist extremists.”

“Do you seriously think we would be inviting this individual into this country and giving him free rein to travel about it?” she asked. “Give me a break.”

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