Former Foreign Affairs Minister; right questions must be asked on Uighur genocide

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Newstalk ZB,
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Wed, 5 May 2021, 10:16AM
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Former Foreign Affairs Minister; right questions must be asked on Uighur genocide

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 5 May 2021, 10:16AM

We will today be having a parliamentary debate about Beijing's treatment of Uighurs, but with revised wording.

Act put in a motion to debate about whether China is committing genocide against Uighurs, but Labour said they wouldn't support the motion unless the word genocide was taken out.

But they have removed it so the debate can go ahead, one that Trade Minister Damien O'Connor warned would damage trade with China if we discussed it.

Former Foreign Affairs Minister and New Zealand China Council chairman Sir Don McKinnon told Mike Hosking the question of whether genocide can be proved, is one you'd raise immediately.

“When you’re dealing with this sort of thing in the diplomatic world, you’ve got to be very, very careful.”

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