China has threatened Ukraine to withhold funds intended for COVID-19 vaccines if Ukraine did not withdraw its support for a call for greater scrutiny of human rights in Xinjiang. Last week, Ukraine initially joined a declaration made by over 40 countries (China.Table reported) calling on China to allow independent observers access to Xinjiang. Human rights organizations accuse China of mistreating the minority Muslim Uyghurs. China’s global vaccine diplomacy has also recently divided Europe (China.Table reported).
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