China applauds Canadian senators who voted against genocide motion as ‘people of vision’

China’s foreign ministry is praising Canadian senators who voted down a motion to label the Chinese government’s treatment of Uyghurs as genocide — calling them “people of vision” who see through “the despicable schemes of a few anti-China forces.”

A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said Wednesday that the defeat of Motion 79 — which called on the Senate to recognize that China’s government is perpetrating a genocide against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims — shows that the “the hype of ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang is unpopular and doomed to fail.”

“We urge some Canadian politicians to respect facts, stop the clumsy trick of attacking China for their selfish political gains, and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of human rights,” said ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin.

“The rejection of the wrong motion on Xinjiang by the Canadian Senate once again shows that the despicable schemes of a few anti-China forces have been seen through by more and more people of vision.”

Twenty-nine senators voted in favour of the motion, 33 senators voted against and 13 abstained.

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