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NGOs: ‘Not the time for friendly visits’

Several renowned human rights organizations are calling on the German government to improve the enforcement of due diligence when dealing with deliveries from Xinjiang. “Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s decision to now travel to Beijing with a business delegation shows that for Germany, profit continues to come before human rights,” Dolkun Isa, President of the World Uyghur Congress, said at a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday. Scholz would thus disregard the government coalition agreement, which envisages a stronger emphasis on ethical aspects of trade policy. “Many countries are readjusting their China strategy after Xi Jinping’s re-election for a third term.”

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